3. WHY GIFTED KIDS NEED SPECIAL PROGRAMMING (April 11, 2016)

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Subject: 3. WHY GIFTED KIDS NEED SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Many people can much better understand this issue if they first consider the
experience of exceptional young athletes. No one expects gifted athletes to
reach their full potential by playing only in recreational leagues. We
readily recognize that exceptional athletes need a coach who will challenge
them, and need the camaraderie of teammates who share their interests,
appreciate their aptitudes, and encourage them to improve.

The needs of exceptional students are exactly analogous. To deny them that
environment is to squander human capital resources.

To meet their needs, youth soccer players In Vancouver play at one of 5
different performance levels depending on their abilities, and this is seen
as benefiting all the kids as all players can then experience a sufficient
but manageable level of challenge. Gifted students in Vancouver, however,
are left almost completely to their own devices. Please do not cut what
scant programming is available for these kids!

When we fail to support gifted athletes, we are robbing ourselves of the
sports stars of tomorrow. When we abandon gifted students we are robbing
ourselves of future innovators and societal champions. It is tremendously
short-sighted.

Ultimately societies are judged on their promotion of excellence and their
protection of the weak. Both begin in public schools.