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    Executive Summary
    A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students
    Nicholas Colangelo, Susan G. Assouline, Miraca U. M. Gross

    America’s schools routinely avoid academic acceleration, the easiest and most effective way to help highly capable students. While the popular perception is that a child who skips a grade will be socially stunted, fifty years of research shows that moving bright students ahead often makes them happy.

    The entire report is available as a PDF.

    Time Magazine has a lengthy piece on the subject, too. (via Education News)

    3 Responses to “MOVE ALONG! MOVE ALONG!”

    Comment by
    September 22nd, 2004
    at 2:59 am

    I know how it feels to be in the position described by the report. There was only one year in school that I felt really challenged, and it was 7th Grade GATE (Gifted and Talented Ed.). In the other years of GATE, it was just more work, nothing really more advanced, but this one year it really was higher level work.

    How do I know? I know because my advanced college English class is just catching up to the level of grammatical understanding and nuance with the language that Ms. Svetcov taught us in the 7th grade. The rest of the class is struggling with it, but I think it’s easy, since I’ve been able to write like this for the last ten years.

    Anyway, back to the point. This is also the only year that I looked forward to going to school every day. I walked in the door to that classroom knowing I would learn, and that really got me excited. It’s something I hadn’t felt much before or since.

    A prime example of this was the all-ability government/econ class I had senior year. I showed up rarely, often ditching to play with the school’s top-drawer jazz band, yet still aced every test given. The thing that’s still got me really pissed at the teacher is the fact that, even though I knew the material backwards and forwards, and proved it to her regularly, she gave me a D for not showing up and doing the endless stream of busy-work she would give us.

    My year in 7th grade is an example of what school systems can do to really serve intellectually gifted students. My senior year of gov/econ is what happens when incompetent teachers and administrators deny that gifted students exist. Sad.

    Comment by
    September 22nd, 2004
    at 9:09 pm

    I agree. Most schools just bore G&T kids, which in some cases has the effect that they hate school and want to have little to do with learning in general. This happened to both my brothers (public school), while my sister and I at private schools were able to get some extension work, though even that wasn’t really enough.
    This is probably the main reason why I orginally decided to homeschool my (future) children – I want my children to achieve the most they can and not to be bored by busywork or waste their precious time.

    Comment by
    September 23rd, 2004
    at 11:45 am

    That’s why I’m glad I had a lot of books at home, and some really smart parents. The “gifted” classes were a joke — just doing fun stuff to keep us from getting in trouble. The teachers let me read when I finished stuff early. One year, I convinced a teacher to give me the end-of-year math test at the beginning of the year (I pass it, of course), and I didn’t do math for the rest of the year.

    I got lots more learning done at home just from reading, and spent most of the school day daydreaming. Whatever. I wasn’t scarred for life. I just played in my mind and did logic puzzles and stuff. As a result of not being on a curriculum when I amused myself, I learned a lot of math and history not usually taught in schools.