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all children Are gifted

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Pat Bainbridge (pat_bainbridge)
Thu, 22 Oct 1998 07:30:44 PDT


When I said I meant it. I'm not ignorant of gifted programs - we have
that I teach them I also teach mod/severly retarded students as wellas
ED,LD,ADD withand withoutHA. So/ which class would little Vincent
,Frieda ,Georgia, Jackson, and Andy fit into ?..Didn't they think
Einstein was retarded? Oh well ,I believe,sincerly, with the exception
of my severly brain injured children-given the many types if media -if
one could hit on the right one- one could find oneself truly gifted in
that area. Naive? maybe -happy ? you bet! My kids high 5 me when I
walk through the cafateria- hang on my words, hug me and thank me when
they leave -every last one of them is gifted in my eyes at least for the
time they are enthusiastically working in art class. Wasn't Ted K
gifted? I had a discussion with a gym teacher from another school about
her system of written tests for the non-athletic students - in her eyes
1/3 to 1/2 of each class- Needless to say, we disagreed. I went back
and asked class after class how many of them were artistic? Most hands
flew up, (all the k-2 did!) Not a bad
place to be -this little world of mine...good luck all and believe in
the magic in each child. They are often what we believe them to be -
it's all how you perceive it-sign me not gifted in spelling .
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>Ellyn:
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>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.
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>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.
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>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".
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>I will tell you that when I was a senior (15 yrs old) I had to take
regular English because of a scheduling conflict.
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>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.
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>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.
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>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.
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>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!
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>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.
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>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
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>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.
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>>Sandra
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>>> 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
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>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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