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Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds by Davidson Jan Davidson Bob Vanderkam Laura (2005-03-21) Paperback Paperback – 1600
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This is a great guide for newcomers to the field of gifted educations--teachers, parents, administrators, policy makers, or anybody remotely interested in the field. The only regret that most readers will have is that the book is not longer.
It supports parents who are feeling isolated and rejected by the teachers and schools to continue mentoring and finding solutions for their child.
Genius Denied points out that many bright children are just coasting in our school system. They already know the work and "learning" the material comes effortlessly. Even if they aren't having emotional difficulty with being forced to repeatedly learn things they already know, it can become a serious problem later on when they actually come across material they don't know. Many won't even know how to study.
I think the book gives great information about the different types of "gifted" classes offered by schools, especially in the elementary grades. My son was in a math pullout last year and will probably be in it again this year. The author questions how a 1-hour a week enrichment class is supposed to provide the learning enrichment these children need. Heck - I never even questioned that as I thought it was so awesome our school even offered enrichment programs.
I am not criticizing the American school system - I am sure the teachers and administration want the best for all the kids in the US and the system is working hard to make sure every child learns the basics. However, this book clearly shows how the school system fails gifted children. Incredible quantities of money are spent on special education programs, IEPs, etc., to help children with learning problems reach their maximum potential. But few states have any sort of funding or mandated programs to help bright children reach theirs. This is a huge loss to our country at a time we really need all the knowledge and talent our youth can muster to keep up with our increasingly technological world.
The book also provides loads of suggestions on how to work with your child's school, participate in outside classes and alternative learning environments, etc. After you read it, make sure to pass it on to your child's teacher and then the principal. Something needs to be done soon!
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