ERIC Number: EJ854231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 5
Self-Nurturing of Precocious Youth
Feldhusen, John F.
Understanding Our Gifted, v17 n4 p23-25 Sum 2005
In their new book, "Genius Denied" (2004), Jan and Bob Davidson paint a bleak picture of the educational scene for gifted and talented children in the United States. They also do a thorough job of presenting and describing the many school programs and services available and the good research bases for those programs and services. What they fail to do is to explain how the United States can be an international leader in creative achievements, inventions, and art productions, in spite of adults' failure to sufficiently serve the gifted and talented. Genius is not denied by negative or poor school experiences alone. It is reasonable to expect bright, talented, precocious kids to come alive themselves. There are so many things they can do on their own initiative. The author knows from personal experience that he was able, through all his years of schooling, to find ways to learn, explore, observe, etc. The book, "Genius Denied," is full of good ideas to help precocious kids and their parents facilitate intellectual and artistic development. However, it stresses far too much the inevitable boredom if school and parents do not "provide," and it fails to stress the need for child and parents to seek out and utilize the abundance of potential resources around them. While others should not get in the way or create roadblocks for children who want to forge ahead and guide their own learning, they should also expect young people to challenge themselves. It is not entirely the responsibility of adults in their lives to provide everything for them. Gifted youth have the ability to initiate their own learning and should be encouraged to do so.
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Identifiers - Location: United States