Advanced Academics: Examining Our Mindset
"Without examining our theories and thinking, focusing on policy and resource issues will do little to change the reality of learning inequality."
Just to reiterate friends “a smart gene doesn’t exist”. People become smarter for many different reasons, but some have a five year headstart before they even get to school. It’s the parental factor before they get to school that determines the advantage! If we are one of those parents who can give those opportunities to our kids, that’s great and we should, but don’t mistake our positions to do so as an opportunity to label our kids “smarter” than a kid who has not had the same opportunities....No matter how hard we try, we will be selecting according to privilege. Instead, we must aspire to provide each and every student the opportunity to acquire those talents, those skills, those experiences, in our schools. The only reason these children do not have such talents is not because of their genes, but because of the schools who have simply labeled those who are privileged as "gifted" while those who are not as "not talented". Such labels are patently wrong.