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Re: Gifted, Schmifted
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Glennis Dolce
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 09:31:41 +0000
At our school (a basic public elem. in So.Ca.) there is one class per
grade level labeled "gate". This is the "gifted" class. One of my boys
has been in this group off and on. Personally, the majority of the kids
in these classes come from 2 parent homes with a bit more $ than average
and parents who stress responsibility and make them do their homework! I
really hate to see these kids (and parents) taken out of the mainstream
classes as they serve as role models to the other kids not to mention
the divisiveness it creates.
This is not to say that the regular classes are filled with unruly or
low achieving kids but it disturbs the balance.
Also the parents of these kids are the ones who regularly show up to VIP
(volunteer) and these rooms have parents tripping over each other.
Also these classes get the lions share of the class donations (supplies)
and want for very little while teachers in other classes go begging for
basics. I would rather see them up the level of play in the basic class,
create more remedial classes with strong teachers and smaller class size
and ACTUALLY help the kids who need it the most! Imagine.
Then the basic average kids can get on with learning at a regular
When I go in to do an art class, I always remind them that no one is
born an artist, just like they are not born knowing how to read. They
have to learn and practice. We are there to learn , to experiment, to
try out ideas. This idea of highly gifted art programs in elementary
school just goes against my grain.
Oh well-got THAT off my chest!