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Dennis Wright
Posted about 1 year ago
What are the challenges that gifted and creative individuals face at present?
Reine de violettes, thanks for your endorsement. I am in Canada and perhaps the Empire has managed to stay ahead of the tidal wave of corporate management so far. The system in Ontario, where I am , is generally recognized as superior but we still lag behind the Finns. They have largely eliminated competitive academics, I understand, to create schools without failure. Students excelled when the treat of failure was removed. For more on schools without failure, reference William Glasser, a proponent of Reality Therapy. He has several good books in print, including "Schools Without Failure". He focuses on co-operative and team learning which removes the idea of there being winners and losers.
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Dennis Wright
Posted about 1 year ago
What are the challenges that gifted and creative individuals face at present?
I should have mentioned that several of my children were identified as gifted in kindergarten. Unfortunately for them, too meant teachers were unwilling/unable to differentiate their curricula and insisted that all steps be completed in the correct sequence before moving on. Most of my children were reading fluently when they began school but were still required to digest every primer and pre primer in existence. My experience in classes with gifted students is that most gifted students will challenge themselves and find work to keep them busy. Truly gifted students often find solace and safety in books.
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Dennis Wright
Posted about 1 year ago
What are the challenges that gifted and creative individuals face at present?
Throughout the comments that I have read, I have seen no mention of Gardiner's theory of Multiple Intelligences. My many years as an elementary educator have convinced me of its validity. Every teacher has encountered students who struggle academically but are brilliant leaders, musicians, artists, athletes, etc. The individual who is gifted/talented in every aspect of learning is a true anomaly. Unfortunately, schools generally focus on cognitive/academic skills as those by which a student is defined. For this reason, it is critical that education be of a classical nature so that any child has an opportunity to shine in her/his area of strength. Perhaps when this is done all gifts will be seen as just that...gifts. Also a student never exposed to art may not realize their talent. The same principle applies to all areas but seems to be easily ignored in the Arts. As for engaging students, I have found that the use of Dramatic Arts ( not theatre) is a "way in" for almost every student for it helps to put the question/problem in a context that allows safe and creative exploration. When I began using Dramatic Arts as a teaching method, it was a watershed moment for me. I had always had the ability to intuit and identify individuals who were gifted but I became even more effective as a teacher and was able to witness creative growth in many who seemed reluctant to take chances previously.