I worry about this, when I see how many resources go to special needs and how few go to gifted programs. It appears that we are in serious danger of blowing off the gifted.
I’m the product of a gifted program — I was separated out for a couple of periods a week since 2nd grade to do the more fun things with Ms. Varava, then with Mr. Solenzio, and finally with Mr. Robenheimer. I dropped out of the gifted program in the 7th grade because (believe it or not) it became very computer-focused, and I wanted to be a writer, but I was having difficulty doing it during the time when all the kids were getting their instruction in front of the single computer. In high school, we didn’t have a gifted program, but I was part of the college-bound track and graduated in the top 10 of my class.
If we don’t nurture our gifted students, we will lose out to competition. It will continue the downfall of our international dominance. But maybe that’s a good thing.