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Sherrlene Uy

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

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Gifted kids bullied or bullies?

Bullying has been a long battle for most nations around the world. It has caused the death of several teens and young students.

Have you had any experience wherein a gifted student has been bullied? Or they themselves bully others? What are the probable cause of this and what should be done?

I shall await for your inputs! Thanks in advance! ^^


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Sherrlene

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  • May 3 2013: I do not see this as an issue of giftedness or not. I would be curious what you mean by "gifted".

    When most people address the issue of "giftedness" they are not talking about "gifts" they are speaking to academically abled students more so than truly "gifted" with talents. That has a separate connotation all together.

    That being said, I don't see a difference in academically abled students versus other students. They are no nicer or meaner than other students. They are no more likely or less likely to bully or be bullied than other students.

    Bullies tend to seek out those less powerful than them or target the weird and different. Those that are bullied may find themselves being bullied for no reason other than they are a little different than everybody else, or maybe not at all. Being in a class that sets them aside as academically abled may cause some issue, but I don't see it as significant for that population.

    Also, to single out a group, any group, and try to address issues bullying for that particular group is not very useful or helpful. It could actually increase the issue for those students.
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      May 4 2013: Yes I have a clear understanding of the differences between gifted, talented and creative :)

      This question was posted to address the occurrence of bullying on a specific group of this society -- in this case, gifted kids because that's my research :)

      Bullying has been a world-wide issue. I know that bullying is not an issue for the gifted alone but also for the regular students.

      While you may say that addressing the issue of bullying for a specific group may not be useful, I have my purpose for doing this. I am a SPED teacher that's why I am focusing on special students. I won't go and act as if I can solve the entire issue. I'll do what I can. We can respect each one's views, right? :)

      We're not living in one, single and same society; your experiences may not be valid in my case.

      Thank you for your comment.
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        May 4 2013: SPED Is that SPecial EDucation = SPED?

        Bob.
      • May 4 2013: Sherrlene, but definition, you have a group of individual under your charge who are separated from the regular education system. I have worked with a significant number of SPED students in my career at various levels and with various issues they struggle with. They face the same issues "normal" kids face, only heightened as they are "different" for some reason.

        It doesn't mean that they are bullied more or less. It just means that they are different and sometimes treated differently. That does not mean we should treat their "bullying", if that is the case, differently. It is still bullying and wrong and should be treated as such.
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      May 4 2013: I agree with you, Everett, that identifying a problem that is, in fact, not peculiar to a specific group but then addressing it preferentially for one group can increase issues for that group, as other kids and parents may well resent preferential treatment without cause. In areas where different children actually have different needs, on the other hand, services to address those different needs are warranted.
      • May 4 2013: Fritzie, I appreciate your comments. I would also suggest that treating specific groups differently actually heightens the issue rather than reduces it. Thus causing a spike in behaviors rather than a decrease. But it is a challenge at any reate.
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          May 4 2013: Actually I doubt it causes a spike in behaviors within the treated group. But having worked at various levels for so long with gifted kids in schools that serve the full range of kids, I have seen often that administrators and parents within the school population are very sensitive to whether gifted kids are getting extra services beyond those their extra academic needs would warrant. The suspicion and perception are common even when it is not happening but I expect would happen to a greater extent if it were, in fact, happening.

          At the secondary school where I taught, we originally had our regular meetings about bullying with our second period classes in an extra session attached to that class. That approach tended to address students with their academic cohorts. But thereafter we shuffled kids around so that we did these sessions with students from across the school of the same grade. The idea was to promote understanding, relationships, and a sense of community across the whole school rather than in academic tiers. The conversation was shallower in the latter format, because the kids didn't know each other, so trust building was a longer project.

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