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Sherrlene Uy

Teacher - English and Research, Glendale School, Inc. (QC, Phil)

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What are the challenges that gifted and creative individuals face at present?

Hi everyone! I am working on a research about the gifted and creative individuals. I'd like to know what are the challenges that the gifted and creative people experience in your country. Share your thoughts please :) Thanks!

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  • Mar 4 2013: Great question, I would have to say that in our current economy money is a huge issue. Many gifted and talented students are the product of lower middle class families. This is due to the fact that they have nothing but there brain, many choose to waste this with drugs or alcohol but some, some kids are inventive. They create games from nothing or create something out of the junk they have around. These kids are smarter but not as educated. Due the fact they are always thinking, and thinking outside the box. There are no limitations for these kids, they no nothing about the laws of physics and are free to string together ideas from every aspect of education they know. Because you can only go as far as you limit yourself to. So if you know nothing about limitations your possibilities are endless. Also these kids usually go noticed because they are to afraid to be wrong, because there ideas are limited due to our knowledge as a people even though these kids are probably making break throughs never thought of before.
    • Mar 7 2013: This is a common misnomer...there is a more or less even spacing out of gifted and talented people between the rich and the poor...base level gifted and talented potential has nothing to do with any class as best I can tell from those who I have known to have it. It is simply that when a poor person makes good it stands out so much more, because they can be seen fighting the obstacles of their socioeconomic status, whereas when a rich person does well, it is because they were "expected to live up to the family standards," "got into a good school because of the family name," etc.

      In other words, somehow a poorer person's success is always a surprise and therefore stands out, while a rich person's success is expected, and therefore remains unnoticed in the larger scheme. That's neither the rich person nor the poor person's fault...it's simply a result of perceived expectations.
      • Mar 10 2013: Yes, I agree. I think also that if a person comes from a lower income/working class family they can often struggle to succeed because less is expected of them.
        A middle class/upper class person may be expected to do well and to achieve success or at least a different kind of success to that of someone from a working class family. There is also the potential for a much higher level of financial support in more affluent families which can contribute to the creative/intellectual success of their children.

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