4 years ago1,000+ Views
All of my kids went through gifted programs in their school, and I never saw any problems with them personally, but as a teacher I have seen the ways in which distinguishing some bright children as brighter than others can cause a problem in the education environment. In many school systems (mine included) entrance into the gifted program relies on IQ tests, and an evaluation that a student is gifted, not just bright. Why does it matter? If a student has 125 IQ, not 130, why should they be less challenged? It's been found that many students that don't make it into the gifted programs at their schools are severely under-challenged. When this happens, these students are not given the space they can learn and thrive one. The thing that most makes up for this is inspiring teachers. Many teachers recognize the students that need more encouragement, even without the gifted title, and provide the right encouragement in the classroom. But not every teacher can be expected to have the resource to accomplish this, and education systems need to adjust in order to fit the bill.
@nehapatel here here!
It should not matter if you're "gifted" or not. Everyone should be encouraged to reach their full potential, in some way. Gifted programs are great for encouraging those students who move along more rapidly, but there also need to be adaptations for other students for encouraging in other areas.
I was in gifted education throughout high school, but I also knew so many people in my advanced classes that weren't in the program (because they tested too low) so they weren't able to join all the programs we had throughout elementary and middle school. Such a shame!
@ryantadman Exactly! Every student has potential, so we should be nurturing that potential instead of making some students feel they will never be able to reach a high level.
From my experience, children tend to rise to a challenge. If we separate the children who can take an IQ test well, we are taking away the opportunity for the other students to see how far their brains can take them. My friends from elementary school who were placed in lower math groups all believed they simply couldn't do math, so why bother? Meanwhile I was horrible at math but found myself in the advanced class actually learning and pushing myself. There are so many pros and cons, so I agree that it depends greatly on the individual teachers.