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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 16 2013: I have been fortunate enough to be able to attend 2 different high schools in 2 different countries, and I found a staggering contrast between the mentality behind the education system of these schools. In the school I attended in Australia, students that were "gifted and talented" had the possibility of taking part in various extra-curricular activities or enriched courses, even during school hours. Also, there was an extensive choice of elective courses available for all students. In contrast, the schools in Quebec in general tend to have a more standardized education system, so all students go pretty much through the same educational path. There are no real possibilities for extensive or enriched learning and creativity within school hours, and even outside of school hours extracurricular activities are limited.
    Therefore, the former educational system allows for the gifted to use and develop their potential, whereas the latter I daresay almost inhibits this. The talented students can easily get bored in regular classes, as they don't need to pay attention or put in that much effort while still getting good grades. This can gradually turn into laziness for some, a habit which can be hard to get out of when reaching higher education (university and so on) where one does need to put the effort in.

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