Do you have a child that is gifted? Does your school system have program for talented and gifted children? Judging from all the articles about budget cuts in education, thinking that most of you answered no to this question.
The lack of programs is doing a serious disservice to our future, according to Nancy Robinson, former director of the Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington. When asked what the long term effects of not having an adequate talented and gifted program she replied:
It's a loss of leadership in the future, of the people who are going to solve our problems, scientists and politicians and even writers and artists. They're just not going to reach the levels of which they're capable....
She offers some great advice and insight to parents of gifted children in this recent Q & A in the Statesman Journal.
Have you successfully advocated for your gifted child in a public school system? What have been your biggest hurdles? Please share your experiences here so you can help others!
Also, check out our gifted and talented resources page.