Educating Gifted Children

Archive Report

Recent Educational Adjustments

Ambivalence About the Exceptionally Bright

Earlier this year a married couple in McHenry, Ill., sued their local school district for $1 million. They claimed the school district had failed to provide their 10-year-old son with an education equal to his abilities. First labeled a behavior problem and then said to have a learning disability, the boy was found to have an IQ of 169.1 Because of his undisciplined behavior, he at first was denied admission to a 12-week program for gifted children — a program his father described as “mostly arts and crafts with a few field trips run by a volunteer.” After the boy was given permission to enroll in a high school Spanish class, the permission was revoked when the local ...

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