February 18, 2003

LAKE WOBEGON MARYLAND:

Schools Rethink Definition of Gifted (The Associated Press, February 17, 2003)
Maryland school districts and nonprofit groups are trying to address the under-representation of minority children in gifted programs.

Officials want to correct biases in the ways children are determined to be gifted. They're trying to make sure precocious pupils from poor families don't lose out on gifted programs simply because their parents don't know about them.

"Because you're poor does not mean you're not gifted," said Christine Johns, deputy superintendent of Baltimore County schools. The county's pilot program identifies gifted minority students and then gives them enriched instruction that lets them thrive.

The program expanded the list of factors used to identify children as gifted beyond standardized test scores. It also sent "gifted and talented resource teachers" to 20 schools in low-income neighborhoods to help find these children.


Pardon our skepticism about the idea that you can be gifted and yet unable to figure out standardized tests. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 18, 2003 7:45 PM
Comments

Depends on the gift. My son was somewhat dyslexic and did only average on standardized tests. To read his writing, you would have thought him an idiot -- at least if you are one of those people who equates spelling with intellect.



His gifts ran along different lines, and today they are in demand on 4 continents.



That said, I have had other children in G&T programs, and I am not particularly a fan of them.

Posted by: Harry at February 18, 2003 8:31 PM
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