A Gift is a Terrible Thing to Waste
why gifted education is a benefit to all
Its our Right
Why You Should Care
Have you ever had a student who messed around in class everyday, doesn't do the homework and then somehow gets an A on the test? or a student who provides great discussion in class, answers every question and the fails the test? These students may be gifted and they may be feeling under stimulated, as in the case of the first student who already knows all the information, or they may be fantastic students who are just bad test takers and need some differentiation to help them succeed. Either way a gifted program in your school can help you help those students.
You want whats best for your child, and while getting straight A's sure looks good for those college applications it doesn't necessarily mean your student is getting a good education. School should be a challenge. You need to be an advocate for your student because its likely they either don't know their gifted and just think school is easy, don't know how to advocate for themselves, or don't want to deal with the extra work that comes from being gifted. No matter what you need to make sure your child gets the education they deserve and learn the skills they need to be the best they can be.
Community Members/ Professionals.
Students are the future. The future citizens of the community and the future employees of your company. You want them to have a fantastic education that lets them explore their talents so they can give back. Having smart community members ensures a better, more effective community. Having intelligent employees leads to advances in their fields and better products. Spending a little extra money or time on gifted students could have a profound effect on your future in more ways then one.
Community Members/ Professionals.
SOUNDS PRETTY GREAT RIGHT?
A Call to Arms
So what are you going to do about it? Get Involved.
Get educated! attend seminars and classes. Ask your principal if you can attend professional development. Make sure you are creating opportunities for the gifted students in your class to feel challenged and involved. Don't let them fly under the radar just because they have an A doesn't mean your work is done! Help their families know about their gift and give them some resources to help.
Recognize that your child has talent that needs to be developed. Advocate for them because they might not know how or want to do it for themselves. Work with them as much as you can and help them see that doing the bare minimum is not a valuable use of their time.
Understand that all students deserve a challenging appropriate education that will help them grow. Realize that gifted students can be your greatest assets as long as they are given what they need to thrive.
Know that students are the future and gifted students may likely end up as the leaders in the industries of their choosing. Please provide as much finding, challenges, mentors and volunteers as you can spare to help motivate and inspire the next generation.
Together we can make the world a better place by taking advantage of some of our greatest resources. All it takes is a little action. So go to PTA meetings, volunteer in a classroom, talk to your local or state government and ask what is being done to provide that free and appropriate education we were all promised.