Gifted and talented article roundup October 2015

I think it can be difficult to find a summary of current posts, articles, research, you name it on gifted and talented education in one place. As a result I am hoping to close this gap with this monthly feature that I really hope will gain some traction. So, here is what I have been reading this month on the gifted and talented spectrum.

Photo courtesy of Stuart Miles,

Photo courtesy of Stuart Miles,

1. “Why Are We Supporting Everyone Except Our Most Talented Students” by Jonathan Wai and Frank C. Worrell. This article appeared last week on a number of pages I follow. The authors assert that the year 2081, the year in which Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” takes place is already here. Read on to see why.

2. “Harvard EdCast: Failing Our Brightest Kids” by Matt Weber. This isn’t an article per se but a podcast. In this one, Matt Weber interviews Chester Finn about his new book, co-authored with Brandon Wright, “Failing Our Brightest Kids: The Global Challenge of Educating High-Ability Students”. This book is also getting quite a bit of attention and sections from this book were the discussion topic for this weekend’s parent seminar at my son’s Saturday enrichment program. It clocks in at just under 10 minutes but well-worth the time.

3. “How do academic prodigies spend their time and why does that matter?” by Jonathan Wai and Matthew C. Makel. This post summarizes recent research that tries to gain more insight on why US students lag in STEM. Seventh grade gifted students in the US and India participated and the authors of the study looked at how they spent their time. Guess which group didn’t spend time on academics over the weekend? Click to read more on that finding and others with respect to time spent on entertainment, who had more freedom in choosing how their time was spent, and why we need to care.

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