ERIC Number: ED179036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Myth-Conceptions About the Gifted and Talented.
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Dissemination.
The booklet looks at some of the major "myth-conceptions" about gifted students. Among the 12 "myth-conceptions" addressed are the following: special provisions for gifted students are undemocratic; gifted students, already blessed with more than their share of skills and talents, do not need our concern; bright children and youth can take care of themselves, can achieve at a superior level without special assistance, and can make it on their own; gifted students are the "cream" of the academic crop, and all of us know that cream always rises to the top; special programs for gifted students separate them from others and create an elite group--a group that might take over and control our society, leaving the rest of us without anything to say; a good program for gifted students is good for all students; priorities, more competing, and more obvious such as funds to support programs for disadvantaged and handicapped students, deserve more immediate attention than programs for the gifted; gifted students are products of suburbia and of well educated parents who represent the elitist society; we wouldn't need a special program for gifted students if classroom teachers were doing their right job; individualized instruction abolishes the need for separate programs for gifted students; gifted students are immature and maladjusted--they will suffer if allowed to skip a grade or two; and we believe that "all children are gifted." (SBH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Dissemination.