Your Child Is Not Gifted... anymore. - Page 3 - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Lypton Village > Free Your Mind
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-17-2008, 11:07 PM   #31
Blue Crack Addict
redkat's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: racing to the waterside
Posts: 19,620
Local Time: 06:04 PM
Originally Posted by BonoVoxSupastar View Post
Yes, I know there is testing(in some schools), but first of all it's not consistent throughout and second there have been a lot of studies that show these test to be somewhat misleading.

You'll find one school district that will base it on grades and teacher recomendations. Others that have IQ tests, and others that have aptitude tests...
I was gifted in one district. Then we moved, I was never even tested at the next school. I definitely wondered why they didn't think I was smart anymore. School got insanely easy for me though.

Where I live now there are magnet schools so the GATE kids, for the most part go to a separate school entirely.

redkat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2008, 11:10 PM   #32
love, blood, life
A_Wanderer's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: The Wild West
Posts: 12,518
Local Time: 11:04 AM
Everyone who posted in this thread deserves a gold star for trying

We're all special

A_Wanderer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2008, 09:39 AM   #33
Blue Crack Supplier
Irvine511's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 30,883
Local Time: 09:04 PM
Originally Posted by A_Wanderer View Post
Everyone who posted in this thread deserves a gold star for trying

We're all special

mock as we might, i think the lesson of "effort" over result is an important one.

i worked very hard in college. in my mind, i thought i'd need a good GPA if i wanted to go to law school (my backup) or get into a competitive PhD program in American Studies or English (my first choice).

neither wound up happening, i went in a totally different direction, and no one has once looked at my transcript. and i'm incredibly happy that i didn't go down the academic path. i think it was a disaster averted. for me.

but everyone sees the work ethic and study habits and task commitment that i developed over years in school. that's paid off in dividens and now, the extra work i put in trying to bring a grade up from a B+ to an A- is what matters, whereas the actual letter on the paper and the cumulative GPA isn't worth the paper it was printed on.
Irvine511 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2008, 09:54 AM   #34
Blue Crack Distributor
VintagePunk's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: In a dry and waterless place
Posts: 55,735
Local Time: 09:04 PM
One thought keeps occurring to me when I see this thread - this school district, in its infinite wisdom, is doing away with labels in an attempt to make the less intelligent students feel more equal.

Are they going to stop acknowledging their elite athletes as well? Will their sports stars now be praised and rewarded to the same lesser degree as their benchwarmers? Will the benchwarmers now get awards during assemblies, like their more gifted peers? Will the scholarship offers pour in for them? Because, y'know, everyone has to feel good about themselves. Can't have the kids with a lot of athletic talent rise above those who are more average.

No? Didn't think so.

But do take away the label for the gifted kids, because it's perfectly fine to make them feel less special. It's not like intelligence is as important as sports, is it?

VintagePunk is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:04 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright ©