Some things I’ve heard in 17 years of working in gifted education:
- “What do I need to do to get my kid into the gifted program in your school?”
- “You know how important it is in this community to have your child labeled gifted.”
- “I need my child in the gifted class because I don’t want her in classes with those ‘other kids’.”
Statements like these are part of the reason that gifted programs are controversial. So in places like Newington, Connecticut, schools are moving to eliminate gifted programs. While cost is a significant factor in these decisions, here are four reasons gifted programs are irrelevant in the 21st century….