ERIC Number: EJ1019371
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Social Emotional Needs: On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students: Using a Baseball Metaphor to Illustrate the Opportunities of Gifted Students from Different Socioeconomic Backgrounds
Cross, Tracy L.
Gifted Child Today, v36 n4 p263-265 Oct 2013
In this column, the author uses the analogy of baseball to describe the lives of gifted children as a vehicle to think about similarities and differences. The author states that he has experienced how educators often gloss over the powerful and all-inclusive living conditions of high-ability students from financially impoverished backgrounds. In education, educators do not learn enough about the life conditions of gifted children to understand them or their behavior well enough to effectively teach them. The author explains why most of the published research does not include important information about the demographics of our students. He then describes the Camp Launch program for financially disadvantaged students of high ability, located at the College of William and Mary, using baseball as an analogy as follows: (1) Baseball = life; (2) getting home = being successful; and (3) potentially gifted = students from impoverished backgrounds who do not tend to score as highly on standardized tests of achievement but can develop academically when provided appropriate opportunities. The author compares these students in terms of socioeconomic status and demographic "base hits," and asks that educators come to grips with their own privilege so they can successfully help those less privileged.
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Student Needs, Team Sports, Figurative Language, Socioeconomic Status, Demography, Disadvantaged Youth, Talent Identification, At Risk Students
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