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ERIC Number: EJ931435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
Challenging the Gifted: Nuclear Chemistry and Sartre Draw the Best and Brightest to Reno
Kronholz, June
Education Next, v11 n2 p32-38 Spr 2011
What is a school to do with children who are intellectually years ahead of their age group, their textbooks, the curriculum, and usually their teachers? When the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) surveyed states in 2008 about what they provide in the way of gifted education, it found the answer to be "not much." At least a dozen states do not let children start kindergarten early, even if they are already reading "The Aeneid." Two states bar a middle schooler from taking high-school classes. At least 30 states allow only those in 11th and 12th grade to also enroll in college classes. And almost no one will waive mandatory-attendance laws for the 15-year-old who has gotten everything she can out of her high school and itches to move on. "That's a mistreatment of students," says Bob Davidson who, with his wife, Jan, founded, developed, and then sold the company that marketed the hugely successful Math Blaster and Reading Blaster computer software. So, in 2006, the Davidsons started a public school like no other on the University of Nevada campus. The Davidson Academy accepts only youngsters with an IQ of 145 or higher. That puts the 123 kids enrolled in the school in the 99.9th percentile of their age group. Or as Bob Davidson says, "The likely people to make the big discoveries" in the next generation. In this article, the author presents a brief profile of the Davidsons and discusses how they established the Davidson Academy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nevada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress