Who Is ‘Gifted’?
April 10th, 2006

Weighing in on the never ending controversy over how to select students for elementary school “gifted and talented” programs, the Daily News looks to the center of the dispute: the Upper West Side. As it fashions criteria to determine which four- and five-year-olds are really, really smart, the Department of Education should learn from its mistakes there, the paper says.

Faced with widespread complaints about selection of students, the schools instituted a system for the West Side that combined performance on an IQ test and preschool evaluations. While that seemed “reasonable,… the details turned out to be dastardly,” the News writes, as some parents (and preschools) gamed the system to get their youngster into the prized programs. Now, the departments does not “have to go back to the blackboard entirely, but they do need to learn from the serious flaws in District 3’s selection process before finalizing any new citywide rules,” the News advises.

By on April 10, 2006, 7:44 am
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2 Responses to “Who Is ‘Gifted’?”

  1. Erin Says:
    May 2nd, 2006 at 5:06 pm

    If we were accurately concerned about education, we would chose not to focus on “pull-out” T&G programs. Instead we would recognize that first-rate academic performance lies within the grasp of anyone who cares to try hard enough. That’s right folks! The argument should not center the screening requirements for admission into hybrid T&G programs, because the outcomes-data of these programs is incomplete at best.
    It has been proven that any child can give evidence of high performance capability under the tutelage of excellent teachers. What makes a teacher excellent? An excellent teacher is one who instills the ethos of practice and perseverance.
    These two ingredients have been demonstrated to maximize a child’s future successes.

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