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January 17th, 2014

Are Academically Advanced Kids Human Capital?

In this recent article in Newsweek titled “America Hates Its Gifted Kids”, author Chris Weller argues that extremely advanced learners are human capital that is being squandered by the US education system. Here’s an excerpt:

Tomlinson’s frustrations, much like those experienced by many of the nation’s public school teachers, are compounded by the [...]

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January 8th, 2014

Invisibility of Students with Exceptionally Advanced Learning Needs

The staff of ScienceDaily.com, a science reporting website, recently published a piece titled “Are Gifted Children Getting Lost in the Shuffle?” The story cites a 2013 research journal article by David Lubinski and Camilla Benbow, of Vanderbilt University called “Who Rises to the Top? Early Indicators”.

Here’s an excerpt from the ScienceDaily article:

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November 6th, 2012

Accepting Difference Including When a Child is a Prodigy

Jane Brody in this NY Times article titled “Embracing Children for Who They Are” looks at how families cope when one of their children is “different”. Here’s an excerpt:

“One persuasive voice for differences in children and how families must adapt better is Andrew Solomon, author of an ambitious new book, Far From [...]

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May 12th, 2012

Black Advanced Learner Struggles to Fit in with Her Peers

An article titled “‘Why Don’t We Have Any White Kids?’”, by N. R. Kleinfield, takes an in-depth look at the trend toward resegregation in the public school systems of cities across the US, despite efforts to counter it. The author interviews an advanced middle-school student who struggles to fit in with her peer group.

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May 10th, 2012

New Research on Twice Exceptional Students

Sarah Sparks reports in EdWeek on the neurodevelopmental paradox of students who are “twice-exceptional”, in that they have both learning disabilities, and advanced learning needs. The article, titled, “Studies Shed Light on ‘Twice Exceptional’ Students”, is here.

Here’s an excerpt:

Often, when people think of a gifted student with disabilities, they picture an [...]

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April 15th, 2012

Georgetown Freshman on How DC Public Schools Didn’t Prepare Him for College

In this Washington Post opinion column, – I went to some of D.C.’s better schools. I was still unprepared for college. — Georgetown University freshman Darryl Robinson talks candidly about how his public charter school experience failed him in some crucial ways. Here’s an excerpt:

Entering my freshman year at Georgetown University, I [...]

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January 11th, 2012

New Theater Production about an Advanced Learner

Milwaukee’s Alchemist Theatre brings Project Empty Space to audiences this spring, featuring personal narratives by people who are not necessarily playwrights, but have a story to tell. The plays, produced with theatrical resources and support provided by Project Empty Space, include Outliers, by Grace DeWolff. The story is about a boy who ends up being [...]