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Wow i love hearing what your saying cause i feel the same way!! awesome keep fighting im with ya
This is why our country if going down the drain, we put money in kids, whom at best will become garbage disposers. Put the money into the gifted kids a.k.a. the future of our country. All leaders will have been smart and useful in school. If their talent are wasted and money are used instead on dumb kids, then we are digging ourselves into the academic hole.
If the premise regarding the change of focus because of no child left behind is true then skipping a child a grade or more isn't the answer for gifted children. In that scenario, regardless of how many grades a gifted child is advanced, the child will master the material and find themselves in the same circumstance they were in prior to the advancement. The only real difference in the end will be that the child will experience a previously unknown social, emotional, and physical gap with their classmates.
(The above was true even before no child left behind.)
i think its ridiculous all you parents out there think your kids are so much smarter than everyone else, when most likely there just an average student. Of course more money should be put into kids struggling most of them are not smart enough nor have the loving family one needs to go home too. i despise the selfishness
I am a mother of a gifted child myself. I am currently fighting the establishment to let him skip a grade . Because I know what he feels. Even now 11 years after I graduated high school my heart still aches for all the wasted years of my life I spent inschool sitting there doing what the teacher expected EVERYONE to do.
Being unchallenged for the duration of my school years has left me anxious and wanting. As a mother of young children I lost the opportunity to study undisturbed to my heart's content.
I will not let my child go through school with the same results.
Children who skip grades often lack experience and therefore, are naive in the working world. I've noticed this in job interviews as I am an employer.
I completely agree with you. I get bored in college courses. I want to start my own business someday, but studying management is so boring. I read a management textbook all the way through and passed the entire course with an A (all in a week's time). So, I majored in accounting instead, so I would be challenged. I feel bored already because I finished all of my accounting courses, but the school won't let me graduate without general education courses, etc. I can't wait to get our of college and graduate. Undergraduate work is not challenging enough. Any advice for me?
The choices given are too simplistic.
The Iowa Acceleration test has been developed to determine the appropriateness of skipping a grade for a specific student.
Blanket statements such as provided as answers above overlook the complexity of the decision.
There should be an option for "It helps. It is pointless to teach a student material he or she already knows. We should advance gifted children to whatever grade matches their abilities as long as they are emotionally and socially prepared to do so."
I agree that some children who claim they are bored could be classified as spoiled. However, I have a 6 year-old who has been reading since he was 3. As a soon to be first grader he is reading Harry Potter and this last year attended first grade for reading and math and several other subjects. If he isn't challenged, even at home he has behavioral problems.
Unfortunately not all children are capable of being self directed as you seem to think they should. Some children aren't creative and don't do well writing stories, and some don't have the creativity to "independently stretch those activities into wonderful, creative products." As a teacher you should know that some kids get it and some don't. And with no child left behind teachers are forced to focus on those who don't get it; which leaves those that get it and more behind. My child is one of those.
I agree that we are blessed to have a free educational system. As for your idea for bored children...and independent research project? A first or second grader typically isn't capable of doing such things and part of the problem is that most children don't feel grateful for what they have until LONG after they have it.
I think our educational system is great and has great potential, however for those children who are advanced or gifted deserve our very best as well. And just because they say they are bored doesn't mean that they don't appreciate what they have. We have a responsibility to educate the bored just as much as those who are struggling.