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ERIC Number: ED463920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May-22
Pages: 17
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Diversities of Gifts: The Role of Giftedness in the Sustainability of Rural Schools and Rural Communities.
Lawrence, Barbara Kent
Two concepts have been confused: equality of opportunity and equality of ability, which has led us to link intellectual giftedness with elitism. This linkage undercuts the ability to nurture and benefit from the gifts of the gifted, an important issue in rural places experiencing either withering economies and loss of population or an influx of immigrants. To deny academically gifted students the support they need to thrive because that gift is thought to be present only in elite or economically advantaged groups is profoundly discriminatory and classist. Relegating intellectualism to the realm of the elite can also result in an inferior education for children who are not considered gifted. Rural children are given the message that their community is wonderful, but they had better get out as soon as possible. Those who remain receive the message that they are not as able as those who left. In this time of upheaval, rural America needs its gifted students to bring their intellects, education, and energy to bear fruit in home orchards. Rural communities and schools must invest in education of the gifted to break the cycle of out-migration that now drains away many of the most academically able students, and deters others from seeking postsecondary education. Rural schools and communities must become mutually self-sustaining to survive, and to do so they must nurture and use a vital resource: intellectually gifted students. These points are illustrated through vignettes about coastal Maine. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/TD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maine