What to Do with Neglected Gifted Children


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US Navy 020719-N-3446M-008 Volunteer meets wit... US Navy 020719-N-3446M-008 Volunteer meets with Philippine children at a Special Education Center for gifted children (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Precocious kids do seem to become high-achieving adults. Why that makes some educators worried about America’s future

‘…Lubinski’s unusually successful cohort was also a lucky group from the start—they participated in the study in the first place because their parents or teachers encouraged them to take the SAT at age 12. Previous research into gifted children has shown that many, or even most of them, aren’t so lucky: They aren’t identified early, and they don’t necessarily get special attention from their schools. Even among Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth participants, the Vanderbilt researchers have previously found that those who weren’t challenged in school were less likely to live up to the potential indicated by their test scores. Other research has shown that under-stimulated gifted students quickly become bored and frustrated—especially if…

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