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Re: Gifted, Schmifted

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carla schiller (
Wed, 21 Oct 1998 21:22:10 -0700 (PDT)

Thanks to Ellen and to everyone who has posted supportive messages to the

Carla Schiller, Esq.
Teacher, Highly Gifted Magnet
North Hollywood High School, CA
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On Wed, 21 Oct 1998, Ellyn Wenk wrote:

> They serve as role models to the other kids not to mention
> the divisiveness it creates:
> Gifted students need to be challenged by role models of their own and to
> be placed into classrooms with someone that they too can look up to! At
> times they are exploited as unpaid classroom aids. They have the right
> to an equal education too. Diversity is nice in a room and cluster
> grouping works where the gifted students can group and ungroup during
> the day for different subjects. Coming back together at some point
> during the day with the entire class, but at times be with their true
> intellictual peers.
> you also said:
> 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!
> Why do you think that because a child is smart or intelligent that they
> no longer need to be taught? Children with the ability to learn are so
> eager to be taught and go as fast and as far as they can. THEY need it
> the most in my opinion!! Yet, the mind set is to send them to the back
> of the room to read, and wait for others to catch up when they are
> dying to be taught and they still need direction and motivation.
> They are just children not the enemy .
> Ellyn