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 […]

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.

Here’s […]

April 20th, 2012

Race & Gender Bias in How Teachers Perceive Math Ability

This week’s Freakonomics blog says: “A disheartening new study by Catherine Riegle-Crumb and Melissa Humphries finds that teachers discount the math skills of white females, even when girls’ grades and test scores indicate a comparable level of skill.” The blog post is here, and the research paper, Exploring Bias in Math Teachers’ Perceptions of Students’ […]

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 […]

April 14th, 2012

High Stakes Testing for Advanced Learning Programs in NYC

The practice of basing entry into advanced learning programs on a single aptitude test — taken by pre-kindergartners — creates very high stakes, and broadens the opportunity gap between parents who can afford expensive tutoring, and those who can’t. Karson Yiu and Edward Lovett report on this phenomenon in “Parents Spend Thousands on Test-Prep to […]

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 […]