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Carol Bainbridge

African American and Gifted Ed

By June 20, 2012

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People often complain that gifted programs are elitist and I will just as often say that one reason it is seen as elitist is that too often it is only the more well-to-do who are able to afford special programs for their gifted children. If more schools offered more for gifted children - and did a better job of identifying minority and disadvantaged children, there would be less need for parents to seek and pay for academic programs outside of school.

If you are interested in this topic, you might be interested in a discussion hosted by HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Kidz.Dr. Joy Lawson and Karen Dabney will cover experiences, opportunities, options and choices in public schools and try to answer the question: Why it is so hard to get a child tested for giftedness?

Visit the Black Parent Connect Web site to listen in.  The discussion begins at 9:30 p.m. EDT.  Don't worry, though, if you miss it.  You can visit the site and download the discussion later or listen to it online.
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