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Re: Gifted Education
« on: February 16, 2022, 01:55:55 pm »
So continuing with:

Genius Denied, by Jan and Bob Davidson, 2004

Their bibliography is long and it includes most of the voices in the Gifted Movement.  And it is interesting to me that this movement, with its multiple publishing companies and numerous journals, for the most part is in a high degree of agreement.  So I want to list some of these voice here:

Gifted Movement voices I like:

Barbara Clark
Barbara Kerr
Nicholas Colangelo
Felice Kaufmann ( in Alabama)
James Curtis Gowan (was at what would become CSU Northridge)
Linda Silverman
James T. Webb (much of his work is in response to a prominent teen suicide)
Joanne Rand Whitmore

Gifted Movement voices I do not like:

Sally M. Reis
Sylvia Rimm
Karen B. Rogers (Minnesota, St. Thomas University)
Lewis Terman

Gifted Movement voices I have not yet read, but plan to:

Susan Assouline
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Deirdre V. Lovecky
Rena F. Subotnik
Stephanie Tolan
Leta Hollingworth
Victor and Mildred G. Goertzel (1962)
Miraca Gross

And Also of Note

Harold Bloom
Howard Gardner
Richard Hofstader, "Anti-Intellectualism in American Life 1962
Diane Ratvitch (education expert from Houston, strong opponent of No Child Left Behind)
John Vasconcelles  (retired CA State Senator, known for focusing on the concept of self-esteem in education, something the Right and some voices in the Gifted Movement take exception to)

And on page 62 the Davidson's say,

Gifted kids are acutely aware that they are different.  The most confident ones shrug it off, but more wonder "What's wrong with me?"  This question rarely leads to a positive self-concept.  The more precocious the child, the worse the disconnect becomes.  The most highly gifted face what gifted education's Miraca Gross calls a "forced-choice dilemma": achevement or friendship.  Gifted children often hide their intelligence to blend in.  Those who choose achievement must learn to live with having only a few good friends, who tend to be several years older.  ... Many radically accelerated gifted children discover that being years younger than classmates makes them less strange than being years older intellectually.

But we can just disregard this and listen to "Autism/Aspergers/Neurodiversity" advocate John Elder Robison, "They don't owe you an accomodation", as he is getting strapped in for his next zap from the transcranial magnet.