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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child 529

theodp writes "'Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore,' explains The Boston Globe's Amy Crawford in The Poor Neglected Gifted Child, 'have national laws requiring that children be screened for giftedness, with top scorers funneled into special programs. China is midway through a 10-year "National Talent Development Plan" to steer bright young people into science, technology, and other in-demand fields.' It seems to be working — America's tech leaders are literally going to Washington with demands for "comprehensive immigration reform that allows for the hiring of the best and brightest". But in the U.S., Crawford laments, 'we focus on steering all extra money and attention toward kids who are struggling academically, or even just to the average student' and 'risk shortchanging the country in a different way.' The problem advocates for the gifted must address, Crawford explains, is to 'find ways for us to develop our own native talent without exacerbating inequality.' And address it we must. 'How many people can become an astrophysicist or a PhD in chemistry?' asks David Lubinski, a psychologist at Vanderbilt University. We really have to look for the best — that's what we do in the Olympics, that's what we do in music, and that's what we need to with intellectual capital."
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

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  • by StatureOfLiberty ( 1333335 ) on Monday March 17, 2014 @08:43AM (#46504721)

    Anonymous cowards
    Can be deranged
    This one’s below the IQ range.

    Anomymous cowards
    Some say they love God
    But this one’s behavior would make that seem odd

    Consider this
    It’s no surprise
    That the stench of his stink, will water your eyes

    For in fair society
    If you know you are wrong
    Post anonymously as none can tie you to your bomb.

    .Yes, I know that not all Anonomous Cowards posting on this site are like this fine example of humanity. So, my apologies in advance

  • by moke ( 574418 ) on Monday March 17, 2014 @09:02AM (#46504881)
    I think gifted kids growing up in the richest country in the world will be just fine...

    We need to shovel more money at trying narrow the achievement gap between men and women, also minorities. That's not to say we shouldn't have gifted programs. We should. We just need to fill them with people who lack the natural talent and drive to succeed in those fields. And then focus on hiring better teachers to narrow the gap. I'm not sure exactly how much money this will take, but let's just call it "a lot more". Until teachers are better paid than professional athletes and wall street bankers it makes no sense to argue whether teachers are overpaid.

    We need to understand that when we see someone excel at something, it's merely the result of gender/racial bias, in need of correction. All humans have equal potential, despite obvious evidence to the contrary, which I will simply assume is the result of unconscious bias. Though I fully believe in evolution, I don't think any selection pressure could cause different populations of humans to be naturally more or less bright as a group, nor could there be any inherent differences between males and females, because this would make me feel bad about the world in which I live.


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