GIFTED KIDS: LAST IN LINE?
DON’T IGNORE THE SMART ONES
It isn’t easy being a teacher. Lots and lots of pressure from parents, school officials, and the community. The kids with problems need (and demand) a lot of attention. It’s great if you have a gifted kid or two in the class. It leave a little more time to deal with the ones who need your attention.
This bothers Dr. David Lubinski (Vanderbilt University). We need these gifted kids too. We can let them go off and “figure it out” on their own. They’ll get by just fine and lots better than fine. But don’t they deserve more than that? They shouldn’t be punished for being smart. They’re going to run this asylum some day.
Lubinski had 300 subjects in his study – kids and grown ups. (The study was published in Psychological Science.) They were real smarties with unbelievable SAT scores. As they got older, they did terrific. The got great grades, got advanced degrees, got great jobs, and did really well with their lives.
Is there a problem here?
Lubinski says we’re not doing what we could be doing.
Yes, as a group, they did great. That’s what you would expect, okay? Gifted people usually do. There are programs for them, but not enough and no federal programs at all. We need, say the authors, to do better by them. It’s in our interest as a nation.
What does MISTER ScienceAintSoBad think?
Well it must be frustrating to have the world’s smartest kid and not have everything all perfect for him or for her. But, you know what? I don’t think we’ll run out of astronauts if we don’t pave their paths with petunias. It’s an interesting study. But MISTER ScienceAintSoBad isn’t convinced.
ScienceAintSoBadRating = 3
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The drawing is mine.
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