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More money for the gifted?

By johnboy - 29 August 2008 36

Some people think that gifted students will probably be able to look after themselves in life and it’s more important to make sure that the slower students can read English rather than fret about the brightest being able to read C++.

Andrew Barr obviously tends to another view, announcing an extra $1 million for programs to aid the gifted and talented in the ACT education system.

    While many may think that a gifted and talented child will need less help to succeed at school, this is not the case and often teachers and families need support and help in nurturing their talents.”

    Mr Barr said Stanhope Labor will invest in supporting teachers and schools, as well parents.

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More money for the gifted?
johnboy 3:13 pm 29 Aug 08

According to some (but not all) testing I was a gifted child.

I can say that the thing I needed was less hot-housing not more.

IMHO the reason why so many gifted children don’t move on in the world is poor emotional intelligence rather than educational opportunities.

Looking back leaving school at 16 and having to hold down jobs in the real world would probably have been much better for me than tertiary tracking and hanging out with fellow nerds.

But we live and learn.

peterh 2:57 pm 29 Aug 08

Dante said :

Don’t they keep finding “extra” money coming out of all these various orific.. sorry, offices? Eh, I’d prefer that they didn’t sit on it and invested it back into the community.

or where will it come from when they find the budget surplus is used up? maybe the new policies will cannibalize the old policies.

Dante 2:50 pm 29 Aug 08

Don’t they keep finding “extra” money coming out of all these various orific.. sorry, offices? Eh, I’d prefer that they didn’t sit on it and invested it back into the community.

peterh 2:45 pm 29 Aug 08

Kitchen Man said :

In past decades so many of our gifted and talented students have failed to reach their potential because they simply stagnated in a school system that didn’t cater to their strengths. Many didn’t fullfill their potential because the education was too rigid for them. In recent years that’s changed and I’m happy to see the Education Minister moving further in this direction. The G. and T. kids are the ones most likely to change the world….let’s help them to do it.

but is this just a ploy to swing votes at election time? why wasn’t this idea released after the budget?

Dante 2:21 pm 29 Aug 08

As a student that was recognised as being gifted and talented at age 6 (comprehension age and reading age of a 13yr old, maths of 9yr old), I feel that this could only be a good thing.

The entirety of my special treatment involved being skipped ahead two years, doing higher level work than the rest of my class, and becoming a social outcast and easy target. My mother (who was incidentally a teacher) then became interested in setting up G&T programs in the ACT, because they just didn’t exist in the early 90’s… at least they didn’t seem to from my perspective.

Funny about the public service drone comment, that’s where I’ve ended up now. I sure as shit didn’t expect this when I was younger.

grundy 1:18 pm 29 Aug 08

I think this is a good idea.

Too many ‘gifted’ kids get drowned out from the general rabble.
They all get processed in to Public Servant Drones these days… 🙂

DarkLadyWolfMother 1:14 pm 29 Aug 08

My personal experience (so YMMV) with gifted kids is that they often get bored and become disruptive. I know of at least two I went through High School with who ended up the way people often expect ‘deadbeats’ to end up.

I have no idea if this kind of program would have helped them, but it was pretty obvious that the normal school system *mumble* years ago wasn’t doing the job.

Kitchen Man 12:59 pm 29 Aug 08

In past decades so many of our gifted and talented students have failed to reach their potential because they simply stagnated in a school system that didn’t cater to their strengths. Many didn’t fullfill their potential because the education was too rigid for them. In recent years that’s changed and I’m happy to see the Education Minister moving further in this direction. The G. and T. kids are the ones most likely to change the world….let’s help them to do it.

Julius Constantius 12:49 pm 29 Aug 08

If they are so “gifted” then they should know how to earn money. They should sell expired food to the elderly or something, I don’t know what kids do for money these days.

harley 12:13 pm 29 Aug 08

I don’t think it’s a bad thing – gifted kids sometimes come with other problems such as aspbergers. Extra money for all “gifted” kids may help those with problems achieve their full potential.

Thumper 12:10 pm 29 Aug 08

It’s a seriously full war chest that Mr Stanhope is playing with.

In fact, as war chests go, it’s now appearing bottomless.

peterh 12:04 pm 29 Aug 08

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

How does spending more on gifted kids disadvantage anybody? It’s not like they took money away from the other kids – it’s extra money.

where is this “extra” money coming from?

I love it when the govt announces plans like this at election time.

wonder if they will follow through?

maybe the advisers will decide that it is another dragway….

Woody Mann-Caruso 11:40 am 29 Aug 08

How does spending more on gifted kids disadvantage anybody? It’s not like they took money away from the other kids – it’s extra money.

Mr_Shab 11:35 am 29 Aug 08

$1M is pretty small potatoes in the grand scheme of things, Peterh. I’d hazard a guess that a lot more than that gets spent on remedial classes etc.

Spending that money on a few gifted kiddies could make a great difference. Diluting that $1M amongst the thousands of average kiddies won’t make much difference at all.

peterh 11:26 am 29 Aug 08

oh, great.

more ways to ensure gifted kids are singled out in the school.

Wait for the news articles,

increase of gifted kids being bullied

or

no money for the average student, all spent on the gifted kids.

gifted children need nurturing, true. But don’t disadvantage the other students just because they aren’t as bright….

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