January 20th, 2012

National Expert in Advanced Learning visits Helena, MT

Jim Delisle, nationally know educator and author of nineteen books about and for advanced learners visited Helena, MT this week to give a talk for 80+ educators, parents, and community members.  He was interviewed by Alana Listoe for a story in the Independent Record: “Gifted Students Control Their Own Educational Destiny“. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

[Jim Delisle worked] first in special education, and said society is very comfortable talking about meeting the needs of these children and not so much with the other end of the spectrum, even though gifted education is special education.

“It’s still special education,” he said.

Delisle said it’s easy for people to talk about special talents such as athletics or music, but people are not comfortable saying someone is smarter.

“We aren’t comfortable in this society to say a student has higher intelligence,” he said adding that it doesn’t make them a better person.

He said parents need to understand that there is a big difference between normal and typical. Gifted students are normal, they just learn in a non-typical way.

The complete article is here.


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