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ERIC Number: EJ840377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1040-1350
Effective Advocacy for the Gifted in Belgium
Kumps, Luc
Understanding Our Gifted, v20 n4 p8-12 Sum 2008
In 2001, the author was still saying things like "Giftedness is a luxury problem," and "Why do parents let their children skip grades? School isn't a race! No need to arrive first at the finish!" He didn't realize that his wife Ingrid and him would soon be confronted with the "luxury problem." Their son Felix, then 3 years old, read quite well when he entered kindergarten in Flanders, the northwestern part of Belgium. Kindergarten in Belgium begins at age 2 1/2 and continues for three years. Soon, he became quite unhappy and started behaving aggressively, both in school and at home. He resisted going to school and developed a heavy eye tic. It took them a year before they realized that the problems could be caused by his advanced academic abilities and the lack of support from his school. It didn't feel like luxury at all. He skipped a year of school and was happy for a few weeks, but he was still far ahead of his classmates. By then, he was 4 years old, reading at a level above 2nd grade. Despite their advocacy, the teacher refused to allow Felix any reading activities because these "belonged in elementary school." The author and his wife became members of BEKINA (the Flemish association for parents of gifted children) and of various mailing lists. They began dreaming of doing some long term advocacy and of sharing the research with other schools and families so future children and their parents would have a smoother ride. In this article, he shares everything he learned about advocacy. (Contains 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium