Monday, December 27, 2010

Favorite comments of '10: JC on gifted programming

(Sociability and academic distinction)


Math contests and science fairs don't require introversion as an entrance requirement. They are open to anyone who qualifies. It isn't fair to require extroversion as an entrance requirement for honors or gifted programs. 

The whole point of these programs should be to provide a more challenging curriculum for students who are unchallenged in regular classrooms. The ability to do higher level work should be the only entrance requirement. 

I know students who aren't very bright who are in gifted and honors programs. They are being accepted into magnet schools. I would assume these not so bright students are achieving these things based on leadership skills and sociability alone, since academics are not their strong point. Of course, these programs are inevitably being dumbed down to accommodate these social but not so smart students.

So, the question is, what is out there for our highly intelligent students? Even our extroverted, highly intelligent students who can get accepted in these programs are going to go unchallenged due to the dumbing down of gifted and magnet programs.

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