In this Government’s constant attempts to paint a crisis in our world-class education system they only ever want to talk about under-achievement.
Gifted Awareness Week (June 13-19) gives us a chance to reflect on the huge diversity of students in our education system.
Gifted students are not always the ones doing fabulously well. They may be the student with behavioural problems, the student who has trouble relating to their peers or the student who is disrupting the class.
Last week I visited the Correspondence School and was told that many gifted students use that service because the school environment doesn’t meet their needs.
It caused me to think about National’s national standards and how much harm the “one size fits all” approach does, not only to those students who are labelled failures but also those who need different challenges than most of their peers.
If a school’s worth is to be judged on how many students they get “over the bar” then not only will the under-achievers lose out, but so will those capable of very high-achievement.
Under that scenario it would be “human nature” for schools to direct their biggest effort into those who are just failing to reach the standard to get them “over the bar” and this could come at the expense of the others.
I would appreciate some feedback from those who have some experience with gifted children – either as family or in a professional capacity. What do you think?