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ERIC Number: EJ854232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1040-1350
Underachievement and the Quest for Dignity
Delisle, Jim
Understanding Our Gifted, v21 n4 p3-5 Sum 2009
Here's a statement that might seem the epitome of paradox: Underachievement has little to do with curriculum. Sure, curriculum is the stuff of school, the glue that bonds together one grade level to the next, but when it comes to the so-called underachiever's unwillingness to complete schoolwork and assignments, there is something far greater at stake than lessons from stale textbooks. Challenge is missing, to be sure, but so is a far deeper, more vital quality: dignity. Like canaries in the coal mines of days past, gifted children who choose to underachieve are telling adults that the air is low and that they are escaping before they begin gasping for breath. These children, so-called underachievers, are their field's best hopes for changing a curriculum that focuses on everyone but them. With their guidance, it is time to do something that adults have refused to do for far too long: Listen to their complaints about school and act upon the good ideas that many of them would share if they took the time to acknowledge the legitimacy of their insights. In this article, the author offers a set of practices that educators should adopt to make schools more enticing for gifted students who choose not to perform.
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Language: English
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