January 19, 2018

Skipping grades is rare, but it might just save the world

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By Jay Mathews When Linda Mc­Veigh began second grade at Kit Carson Elementary School in Lawndale, Calif., her teacher saw she was far ahead. She had learned to read at age four from her 12-year-old aunt. The blonde 7-year-old from a rural Oklahoma family was funny and talkative. Her math scores were very high. The… Read more

More NYC Students Qualify as Gifted after Error Corrected

Nearly 2,700 New York City students were wrongly told in recent weeks they were not eligible for seats in public school gifted and talented programs because of errors in scoring the tests used for admission, the Education Department said. Read more

So What if Your Gifted Child Gets All A’s?

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There will be a time when Sara, used to getting A’s, finally gets to that class where the A is not so easy to achieve. The work demands attention in a different way, and study skills that have not had a chance (or even a reason!) to develop in the past are suddenly, dramatically, and… Read more

Latin America Not the Place for Gifted Students


While gifted students are heralded in China, India and other developing countries, most Latin American countries have special programs for remedial students, but not for the gifted.  Read Andre Oppenheimer’s piece about horror stories young children with IQs higher than Einstein have confronted in their home schools.  One boy interviewed from Mexico City was even… Read more

My Babies Can Read!

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By Lisa Jobe When our oldest son Brendan was 22 months old, we silently listened in awe as he recited his favorite Thomas books in his crib.  Shortly after his second birthday, Brendan would “read” his well-worn Step Into Reading books as we turned the pages, pointing to the correct text and calling out words… Read more