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Myths are...Myths

By November 27, 2012

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If you are the parent of a gifted child, there's a really good chance you have encountered one or more myths about gifted children. I'm willing to bet there's a 99.9% chance of it.  My son is 23 now and I encountered my first myth about gifted kids when he was about 3.

What's sad is that the myths never seem to get dispelled. The same myths I encountered are the ones that parents of gifted kids encounter today. That's 20 years' worth of the same myths being repeated over and over and over.

So what myths am I talking about?  The same myths that Carolyn Coil writes about in her CNN article, "Ten Myths about Gifted Students and Programs for Gifted."  I bet if you read the myths on that list, you will recognize at least one of them. The first one I encountered is the last one on the list: "All children are gifted."

It's hard to say which myth is most damaging to gifted kids, but I'd say that one is way up at the top of list of most damaging myths. It looks benign and reasonable until you realize that it is often used to deny gifted children any special academic services to meet their needs. Michael Clay Thompson once addressed that myth very well in his response to the "All Children are Gifted comment.

Have you encountered any of these myths?  Have you encountered any not on Carolyn's list?
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December 5, 2012 at 8:13 am
(1) Richard Hughes says:

Yes, there are a lot of myths regarding gifted and talented children. I do believe all children have a gift and it is up to the teachers to inspire the children so that they find what their gift is. (This is the art of teaching). There are some schools that do dig out the teachers that are able to inspire children. My son is very happy at Hampton Court House – they operate differently to a ‘normal’ school because every child is given the freedom and guidance to find their strengths whether it be chemistry, music or sport. Thank you Carol for the post.

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