New options emerge to enrich gifted students' education

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  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    July 6, 2012 11:12 a.m.

    My oldest two children started school in Arizona and they were very blessed by the excellent gifted program there. Unfortunately, the same didn't happen when we moved to Idaho. I would like to see a comparison of money spent on the academically gifted and money spent on the athletically gifted. Academically gifted children, if they are given the opportunity, are likely to grow up to make a huge contribution to society. Does participation in athletics correlate as positively? I wonder what would happen to student scores if the money spent on inter-school sports was put into academics instead.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    July 6, 2012 10:04 a.m.

    As a parent of a gifted child, we realized long ago that we would have more support from our school district if our child didn't speak a lick of English. Instead, we, as parents, have found our own extra-curricular activities for our child, mostly corporate-sponsored and parent-sponsored, but keep our child in public schools, trying to get the best of both worlds.

    All parents need to realize they are responsible for their child's education so that we could return to some sort of balance, supporting the students who can't speak our language AS WELL AS the students who are excelling, especially in math and science.

  • MacMama Sandy, UT
    July 6, 2012 9:47 a.m.

    My children went through elementary school in Arizona-for that I am very grateful. State law in AZ requires all 2nd graders be tested for gifted options. I cannot speak for all districts, our school district in Chandler offered gifted classes for those who scored a 97 (of 100) in at least 1 of 3 areas. Self-contained classes for 3-8th grades were available for all those who wanted to attend- they were known as CATS classes. (Chandler Academically Talented Students). My children were able to all be part of these classes and they were absolutely a blessing for our family. The teachers were required to earn gifted endorsements and they were able to help students reach their potential in so many more areas. I can't say enough about how amazing the teachers are. I was a substitute teacher and was able to sub in both the regular and the gifted classes and see the difference between the two. The excitement and energy and willingness of the teachers to let the kids soar in their learning was exactly what my children needed. They wouldn't have done as well in a regular classroom. This article gets it right.

  • Z South Jordan, UT
    July 6, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    Why should we be surprised that a public education system that is failing the needs of even the average student would not be able to deal with the gifted child? The 'culture of mediocrity' is in full force in American education, and as long as things are allowed to continue as they are, we can continue to expect that the gifted student will be bored, the excellent student will be pushed down, and the average student will be celebrated.

    Fortunately, we as parents have options. Technology is allowing us to move beyond the traditional classroom, and provide enhanced educational opportunities for our children even if no other local opportunities exist. Public education is at a crossroad, and much like the brick-and-mortar retailers of 10 or 15 years ago, if it does not adapt it will be swept aside in a tide of changing technology. We as parents and as a nation can no longer tolerate the 'least common denominator' outcomes that we keep getting from our education system.