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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 8 2013: As the parent of a gifted child we quickly found schools are meant to meet the needs of the many rather than engage at appropriate levles. Our son had mastered square roots by the age 4, and despite the testing done by the school to confirm what we already knew, his options were few. My favorite teacher quotes while he was in a traditional school "Gifted kids will always be fine, they are smart and do not require as much attention." and "Your son's handwriting is sloppy, if it doesn't improve I am afraid he is begining to fall behind his classmates." The other down side as a parent is that you learn that it is not a topic you discuss to freely with other parents. Most people instantly make comparisons with their own children and seem to take it as a personal slight.

    Rather than continue to deal with the inability of the teachers to let him work at his level, stretch his mind and manage the complaints that our bored child was disrupting the classroom, we asked to move him to an alternative school we are fortunate enough to have in our schoold district. The Lighthouse Program located within our local high school is geared toward the highly able learner ages K-12 and has few boundaries. The students determine their day, when and what they study and how quickly they move ahead. Math, foriegn language, literature, writing, history, art and physical activity are all required, but for the most part the student chooses what they will learn about. The instructors are merely there to guide them through their own discovery process. Creativity, self-reliance, self-motivation, team building and leadership are the foundation. They are encouraged to seek out experts in a field and alternative resources rather than just books. So far this year out 10 year old son has interviewed surgeons, sports trainers, eastern medicine practioners and recently filmed part of his latest project at the Hoover Dam. He is in high school math, LOVES school and has like minds around him.
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      Mar 13 2013: How is it like to be a parent of a gifted child?
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        Mar 13 2013: Parents of any child try to make sure that they have access to the resources that can benefit their children and also to deal with the child's social and emotional needs. These needs and issues can be different for different kids and have been studied extensively, so parents of gifted children have resources on which to draw- books, articles, support communities, and often specialists within school districts. There is increasing information available also about what is called 'twice exceptional." That is, there are children who are both gifted and have "special needs" in the usual sense of that term.

        In some settings gifted children are bullied more than other children, which requires vigilance and action from parents,and sometimes gifted children can feel isolated, even in programs for gifted children. In some settings people of any age like to put gifted children "in their place," even when the child is not arrogant. There are often assumptions that to be gifted is to be arrogant, which is not true. There is also an unfortunate tendency in some settings to resent gifted kids, effectively blaming them for gaps in performance of one kind of another among children at school. For this reason, some parents choose to keep their children's accomplishments to themselves and encourage their kids to do the same.

        I have three highly gifted children and no others, so I cannot easily from parenting experience make the comparison between parenting a gifted child and a child who is not considered academically gifted . I have known people, though, who have children some of whom are identified as highly gifted and some not, in which case they have issues to consider sometimes of not wanting an unhealthy dynamic among the kids that interferes with the happiness or well-being of either child.

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