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Re: Gifted

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Ellyn Wenk (ellyn)
Wed, 21 Oct 1998 20:13:08 -0500

Lauretta said:
I look at the "under served gifted kids" thing like I do the "poor

> rich girl" Or "the discriminated upper middle class white protestant
> Male"
> With all those advantages what's the problem? I believe if a kid is
> truly
> gifted then they will take what they learn and fly with it especially
> in Art.

This is the common misconception of most teachers who have not been
educated in gifted education. It can be compared to how the non artist
looks at Picasso. "Hay, I could do that mentality." I once went to the
Chicago Art Institute with my Dad and he actually said that about
Picasso. But hay someone on this list serve just said that the other
day too!!
The gifted student is a complicated individual and for me to try to get
across to you the things I have come to believe is very difficult as it
has taken me 10 years of learning. Once you read about gifted
children, with an open mind,(which it does not sound like you have about
this matter.) You will see that they still need you to teach them.
They are children, smart or not, They still need motivation from you as
a teacher and direction. They deserve to be taught. It is a fallacy to
think just because they have the label of gifted that they now can do it
all on their own.