Young, Gifted and Neglected. NY Times Writes About Gifted.

Oh my gosh! The New York Times has written an article about how important gifted education is. I encourage you to read Young, Gifted and Neglected.

The article is written by Chester E. Finn Jr., the president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Finn is the co-author of Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools.

I agree with all of the points Finn makes in his article. Among them:

  • Public education’s neglect of high-ability students…imperils the country’s future supply of scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs.
  • We’re weak at identifying “gifted and talented” children early in their educational experience.
  • We don’t have enough gifted education classrooms with trained teachers and appropriate curriculums.
  • High schools have just a smattering of honors or Advanced Placement classes.

I hope this article, appearing in such a prominent, widely-read publication, will not only continue to raise awareness of the needs of gifted education, but will spur more administrators, educators and parents to action to reform our school systems and curriculums.

If you resonate with what you read here, I highly recommend that you seek out a gifted advocacy group in your local community, or join your state gifted organization and raise your voice. Check the state-by-state listing on the National Association of Gifted Children web site here.

Finn will be receiving the NAGC President’s Award at the annual NAGC National Convention in Denver. He’ll also be the keynote speaker at the opening session of the Convention on November 15. I look forward to hearing Finn speak and hope to be able to thank him for writing this article for the New York Times.

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