Talented and Gifted is a misnomer.
TAG students would never waste a letter of an acronym with a redundant article-"and."
The program which teaches to these students should be AIM- Academically Inspired Minds-these students are in their "zone" when learning, calculating, contemplating, and theorizing.
The experience I had as a parent of an identified TAG student was that the school district was unwilling to honor and acknowledge the exceptional talents of this student, who scored a college bound SAT in sixth grade.
A counselor refused to offer this student a review of tests under file, saying
"you don't really want to know your score on this test"
we left the office area shortly after this TAG coordinator said
"Look, I can tell you, you are three deviations away from the norm.."
We had a grand chuckle over that as I researched and investigated alternate educational opportunities for this student/deviant.
Athletic performances are public knowledge, and we like to know how the athlete performed in contests. But there is a perverse fear of intelligence that pervades our society at large, as if the "geniuses" are going to form an elite group of scientists and develop robots that will control our access to Doritos and beer.
I wonder how a quarterback would feel if the coach said
"You don't really want to know if you competed that pass, do you?"
"Let's not show the score tonight, it's playoff time, everyone's a winner!"
"You were born with a throwing arm, no need for practice"
"Go home, eat some Doritos, have fun, you're gifted!"
There is nothing to fear about the TAG students, they are as addicted to Doritos as most coaches, but they have a more difficult time opening the bag. IT is ONE WORLD MELTING, look for solutions, from everyone.
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