Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What's up with Gifted Education?

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Raising gifted children is a topic I often touch upon on this blog. When I checked the gifted tag recently, I was surprised to see I haven't written about gifted kids or gifted education in weeks. I've certainly been thinking about it.

Honestly, though, I've been wondering if it's ever worth continuing to write about it. Why? Personal experience, plus this tweet and the related post, "Our Shameful National Commitment to Gifted and Talented Children," from Joel McIntosh of Prufrock Press.

What is the point? It's not even a Sisyphean battle because gifted advocates, as a whole, never seem to make much progress. So frustrating....

But then I got this comment (I swear I didn't write it myself). So maybe I'll keep writing, after all.
Thank you, Anonymous!

At the same time I've been thinking about leaving gifted children behind, I've also been considering the years of archived posts buried here on this blog. What a waste. People typically only find them through web searches.

I've come up with two solutions to breath a little life into my archives:
1) I've added a nifty widget called LinkWithin to my blog and now at the bottom of each post, you'll find a few relevant (I hope) old posts to take a peek at.

2) With the help of my friend, Mari, I've now got links and a brief summary for all of my old posts on gifted children. I'm not sure if I'm merely going to list them in a new post, or do what I do with my marketing posts, and list the archives on a site dedicated to marketing to mombloggers and my consulting business. After all, I did just buy up a bunch of domains.

It's nice to know that my words and my acquired wisdom (read: mistakes with my own kids) help, so, yes, I will forge ahead here. Because not only do I have all those old posts on highly gifted children and quirky gifted children and the challenges of raising them in my archives, I've also got quite a few in draft mode.


Drew @ Cook Like Your Grandmother said...

Got enough for a book? I'll bet you do. Maybe "just" an eBook. There's a really good market for them.

I've self-published a couple, including one where I edited blog posts from several other authors into book form. Let me know if you want some details.

Shannon said...

Hey Kim. I enjoyed meeting you in Chicago and would've liked to have chatted with you a bit more on the subject of gifted education. I've had to fight harder for education regarding my gifted child than for my daughter who is more on the talented side of things. I believe that all children are special, but sometimes we overlook the sensitive kids. The whole "no child left behind" thing is a joke because the brightest are the ones who get left behind. Just think how awesome this country would be if we nurtured the bright minds of these students.

Thanks for writing about this subject.

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh, that was my comment you posted on your blog. thank you so much for putting it in your blog and thinking about it. In the past, I've gone through all of your posts in my search for answers and guidance. Education challenging the truly "gifted" mind (and yes, I am saying THAT word) is such a travesty in this country. it seems to be such an uphill battle it's almost exhausting and not worth fighting for. But then I look at my child again and all of her possibilities, take a deep breath and say, yes it is worth the fight -- for every little inch of whatever I get for her, it is worth the fight. No matter what a teacher or a school says, this is a fight worth fighting for. Thanks again! Kari Osier, Naperville, IL

Missy said...

I'm looking forward to reading some of your old ones! See if there are "universal truths" in the joys and challenges of raising gifteds. Thanks!

Shari said...

Plus, those of us with younger gifted children need your continued experiences. It helps us create our own game plan.

EnnaVic said...

Found your blog via Judy Galbraith's twitter link. As a New Zealand mum with gifted children I am so pleased to find your blog. It can be a very lonely thing sometimes when there is no one around locally who understands the difficulties and the joys of it.