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Gifted or normal, what will it be? duh!

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Sheryl Ann McCoy (smccoy)
Wed, 21 Oct 1998 22:03:33 -0700


Ellyn:

I know you mean well, but I must protest the strong response you levy on Retta, Jill, and Sandra. I believe that they are on the right track and mean no harm.

It has taken more than twenty years to overcome the alienation from my peers during the 6 years of my containment in a "gifted program" with 60 other "gifted students", in my grade, at my school. What I see in present-day programs, in every part of the country, are knockoffs of the same accelerated programs of my youth.

Oh yes, I did have some classes with "regular kids", but I never knew how truly gifted I was because I was just one of the "gifted kids".

I will tell you that when I was a senior (15 yrs old) I had to take regular English because of a scheduling conflict.

I learned more in that one high school English class than I ever did in my previous three "Honors English" classes. I sat in the back of the class, and I did everything my teacher asked me to do. I also managed to win the grudging approval of the "non-gifted students". I was an OK (normal) person to be around.

These special "gifted" classes are for the safety of the adults who cannot keep two or more (lesson) pots boiling in the same classroom at one time. Adults create insurmountable barriers for kids when they label and categorize, just for the sake of improved curriculum or instruction.

I could write more, but this will suffice for now. I would have received a good education no matter where I was, or what I was taught. The cognitive research on children with high IQ's lends credence to my statements.

Throughout my 23 years of teaching children at all grade levels and intelligence capacities, I have noticed that the children who really do need the extra praise, push, and pressure are the "almost gifted students". The students that "gifted specialists" lovingly called the overachievers!

If you were gifted, I believe that you would be able to understand the humor in Retta's statements and the honesty in Sandra's words.

Live and let live!
Sheryl

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"If the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body, then only the lefthanded people are in their right mind." -Unknown author

On Wed, 21 Oct 1998 19:32:44 Ellyn Wenk wrote: >> I am sorry to see that >> people who are labeled, gifted or not, are not equal. > >Sandra > >> Who said they are not equal? Being identified gifted is done because >> the gifted students simply need their curriculums adjusted so that >> they can actually be taught something when they come to school! In >> reality the gifted students are the ones who are not treated equally. >> Often the curriculums are set to the average students and teachers >> spend most of their time with the slow students. The slower students >> have tons of support staff taking them out of class to teach this and >> that. The students who have mastered skills are forced to sit and >> wait for the majority to catch up to them. Some times they may go >> weeks before they learn one new thing in school. Yes, it is nice to >> say they are there for the learning of getting along with others and >> being nice. But don't they deserve an education as well? > >> Yes, It is a crime that the gifted students are not treated equally in >> our school systems. >> Ellyn

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"If the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body, then only the lefthanded people are in their right mind." -Unknown author

On Wed, 21 Oct 1998 19:32:44 Ellyn Wenk wrote: >> I am sorry to see that >> people who are labeled, gifted or not, are not equal. > >Sandra > >> Who said they are not equal? Being identified gifted is done because >> the gifted students simply need their curriculums adjusted so that >> they can actually be taught something when they come to school! In >> reality the gifted students are the ones who are not treated equally. >> Often the curriculums are set to the average students and teachers >> spend most of their time with the slow students. The slower students >> have tons of support staff taking them out of class to teach this and >> that. The students who have mastered skills are forced to sit and >> wait for the majority to catch up to them. Some times they may go >> weeks before they learn one new thing in school. Yes, it is nice to >> say they are there for the learning of getting along with others and >> being nice. But don't they deserve an education as well? > >> Yes, It is a crime that the gifted students are not treated equally in >> our school systems. >> Ellyn >> >> > > > >

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