Gifted testing too early is counterproductive

Identifying gifted children and providing them with the instruction they need is seen by some as elitist.  But all nations noted for the excellence of their schools do so.  The question is when to start differentiating (“New York City to End Preschooler Gifted Test After This Year,” The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 14).

Until now, New York City did so in preschool years, which is way too soon.  Even Singapore, whose students shine on tests of international competition, waited until children finished elementary school.  I think that is too early.  But tracking students based on their ability and motivation is necessary to ensure that children get an education geared to their ability.  It also makes it easier for teachers to prepare lessons because they don’t have to try to reach all students.

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