Saturday, January 21, 2006

+Gifted and Talented+

Do they not understand? wat gifted program... wat express/normal streams.. this type of education system is in place since the days of our parents and is largely left unchanged through out the years... why do they keep on saying that the only constant is change, there have been so many changes in society, technology and the enviroment, yet~ they refuse to give deep thoughts in changing the education system to face the 21centry.. this is the sterotyping scorched into the brains of most parents in singapore, where parents would tell their kids,"eh son! u see that road sweeping guy?.. if you don't well in schools ah!,next time u will become road-sweepers like him... " i admit.. i am not academically talented, so are many school drop outs turn great achievers.. DO they become road-sweepers or garbage removers? NO!

Myth that Gifted and Talented means the same thing:
Again, not necessarily. There is no rule that states that a child who is capable of scoring to the high ninety percentiles on group achievement testing must be considered gifted. We must remember that achievement tests like the Metropolitan Achievement Tests are "Grade Level Testing". Such a child is most definitely Academically Talented. But further individualized IQ and out of level academic testing must be given before we can define that child as "Gifted". At the same time, there is no rule that states a child identified as gifted should be Achieving to high standards in the classroom. This type of stereotyping can do serious and irreversible damage to both groups. ANY child can benefit from enrichment. Academically Talented Children can benefit from Honors (Grade Level) Classes. Intellectually Gifted children need a differentiated curriculum and possibly even a different environment.

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