September 26th, 2017

45-Year Longitudinal Study Tracks Lifetime Outcomes for Advanced Math Learners

Business Insider’s Chris Weller reports on a recently released short documentary called Quick Learners; High Achievers: Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth. The documentary, is produced and edited by Lyle Jackson, written by Jack Isenhour, and narrated by Andre Braugher, all of whom are past Emmy Award winners. The film looks at a 45-year longitudinal study of advanced math learners being conducted at Vanderbilt University.  Weller pulls six key points from the study:

  • The 1%, 0.1%, and 0.01% of children with unusually advanced learning needs go on to lead exceptional lives
  • Kids with advanced learning needs don’t get enough attention in the classroom
  • Children with advanced learning needs often benefit from skipping a grade
  • Intelligence is highly varied
  • Standardized tests have their uses
  • Early cognitive ability can be more predictive of future success than grit

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