Davidson Institute for Talent Development
For many years I have appreciated the wealth of information the Davidson Institute has provided parents of high ability children. I wish I’d lived in Nevada so we could have taken advantage of their programs! That said, it was with great pleasure I received a request from them to publish an advocacy article I prepared for an OAGC Conference parent presentation back in 2008 (and which also appears under the “Gfited Hub” on this blog): Advocacy for Gifted Students.
I first came across Davidson as a parent at the end of the public school rope. A friend introduced me to “Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds” and it deepened my understanding of how and why a democratic system of public education could so fail so miserably at educating profoundly and exceptionally gifted children. Think your school has a great gifted program? Check out Gifted Education Policies across the U.S. to see if your school or state is truly offering appropriate opportunities for highly and exceptionally gifted students – or just providing lip service.
A consistent application of democratic education requires differentiation for all students – even the gifted ones. Schools that do not accommodate these learners place them in highly restrictive environments. No wonder they fail to thrive.