Educating Gifted Students

March 28, 1997 • Volume 7, Issue 12
Are U.S. schools neglecting the brightest youngsters?
By Kenneth Jost


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(Photo Credit: Council for Exceptional Children)

Public schools have gone to greatlengths in recent years to improve educational services for students who had previously been neglected, such as low-income pupils or youngsters with disabilities. But they have paid less attention to providing special instruction and programs for gifted students. Advocates of gifted and talented education say schools are failing in their responsibility to help their brightest pupils achieve their full potential and are squandering a valuable national resource needed to compete in a global economy. But critics of gifted education say special programs for gifted youngsters benefit only a small, predominantly white and middle-class minority of students and divert resources and political support from broader educational reform.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Gifted Education and Tracking
Mar. 28, 1997  Educating Gifted Students
Jul. 30, 1993  Intelligence Testing
Dec. 28, 1990  Why Schools Still Have Tracking
May 15, 1987  Magnet Schools
Sep. 14, 1979  Educating Gifted Children
Oct. 28, 1959  Education of Gifted Children
May 07, 1958  Elite vs. Mass Education
Nov. 23, 1955  Schooling for Fast and Slow Learners
Elementary and Secondary Education