Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 2007 - Education - 256 pages
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With all the talk of failing schools these days, we forget that schools can fail their brightest students, too. We pledge to "leave no child behind," but in American schools today, thousands of gifted and talented students fall short of their potential. In Genius Denied, Jan and Bob Davidson describe the "quiet crisis" in education: gifted students spending their days in classrooms learning little beyond how to cope with boredom as they "relearn" material they've already mastered years before. This lack of challenge leads to frustration, underachievement, and even failure. Some gifted students become severely depressed. At a time when our country needs a deep intellectual talent pool, the squandering of these bright young minds is a national tragedy.
There are hundreds of thousands of highly gifted children in the U.S. and millions more whose intelligence is above average, yet few receive the education they deserve. Many school districts have no gifted programs or offer only token enrichment classes. Education of the gifted is in this sorry state, say the Davidsons, because of indifference, lack of funding, and the pernicious notion that education should have a "leveling" effect, a one-size-fits-all concept that deliberately ignores the needs of the gifted. But all children are entitled to an appropriate education, insist the authors, those left behind as well as those who want to surge ahead.
The Davidsons show parents and educators how to reach and challenge gifted students. They offer practical advice based on their experience as founders of a nonprofit organization that assists gifted children. They show parents how to become their children's advocates, how to win support for gifted students within the local schools, and when and how to go outside the school system. They discuss everything from acceleration ("skipping" a grade) to homeschooling and finding mentors for children. They tell stories of real parents and students who overcame poor schooling environments to discover the joy of learning.
Genius Denied is an inspiring book that provides a beacon of hope for children at risk of losing their valuable gift of intellectual potential.
  

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Review: Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds

User Review  - Julie King - Goodreads

I found this book to be repetitive at times, but the basic premise is that gifted children are the most under served student population in schools. The authors provide various stories from students ... Read full review

Review: Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds

User Review  - Christina Gagliano - Goodreads

This book was preaching to the choir, as I am a solid advocate of gifted programs (and participated in a very poor one back in the 1970s). I would highly recommend it to anyone who does not see the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Genius Denied
7
The Sorry State of Gifted Education
29
The Lowest Common Denominator
51
Parenting Pushy Kids
77
Patrons Teachers and Mentors
99
I Do Not See Boredom Here
127
Raising the Ceiling and the Floor
157
What You Can Do
175
Bibliography
199
Index
231
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About the author (2007)

Jan and Bob Davidson are the founders of the Davidson Institute for
Talent Development, which provides financial and other assistance to gifted children. They live in Incline Village, Nevada.

Jan and Bob Davidson are the founders of the Davidson Institute for
Talent Development, which provides financial and other assistance to gifted children. They live in Incline Village, Nevada.

Laura Vanderkam is a contributing editor at Reader's Digest and is the coauthor of Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds. She lives with her husband in New York City.

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