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Schools for gifted kids

Posted by thedeadqueen on 2008.10.13 at 19:59
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I am currently taking a class on alternative education.  As part of our study of school reform, we're supposed to identify the needs of the local student population & design schools to meet these needs.  (These are Evanston, IL students in districts 65 and 202).  My proposal argued for the importance of gifted education, both to gifted kids and to the larger society.  You can find it here: http://thedeadqueen.livejournal.com/94399.html#cutid1

Your thoughts?


Further questions...
Did anyone attend a school for gifted kids?  If you did, what was your experience like?  Would you recommend it to someone else?
If you didn't, would you want to attend such a school?
If you could design the perfect program for you, what would it look like?
How would you attract mainly gifted kids to a school if the only admission method you're allowed to use is random lottery?


Comments:


Z {Chapter Thirty-Three: The Prince's Tale}
0_0dbo_o at 2008-10-16 21:34 (UTC) (Link)
Did anyone attend a school for gifted kids? If you did, what was your experience like? Would you recommend it to someone else? No, N/A, and No.
If you didn't, would you want to attend such a school? No. As tantalising as the concept sounds, I think entirely submersing a gifted individual in 'gifted' activities (at least during childhood/adolescence/development) could be just as intellectually stunting as not having any gifted education at all. I think it would be all too easy for an individual raised such a way to lack understanding of 'normal' people.
If you could design the perfect program for you, what would it look like?
1. A breif intermingling between myself and my peers.
2. A breif amount of time focused on simply being calm with little stimulation (meditation?)
3. A self-selected method of intense stimulation, activity, and creation, lasting as little as 40 minutes to as long as 6 or 7 hours.
4. 1 to 3 hours discussion and seminar with other gifted indiviudals and peers.
5. 2 repeated
6. A breif intermingling with myself and any individuals (not all gifted)
7. 3 repeated
8. 8 repeated
9. Late-night activities based on 'what I feel like doing'.
How would you attract mainly gifted kids to a school if the only admission method you're allowed to use is random lottery? No. Because I'd never want to go to a gifted school! I'd want a school that was half gifted and half regular.
Z {Chapter Thirty-Three: The Prince's Tale}
0_0dbo_o at 2008-10-16 21:36 (UTC) (Link)
*Sorry. For 8 I mean 2 repeated... or perhaps 8 repeated!
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