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  August 4, 2009

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From the West Virginia Department of Education
Is It Fair?

     Most people agree that it is not fair to require students identified as gifted to do more of the same kind of work to fill in time when they have correctly finished a classroom assignment before other students in the class. Nor is it fair to ask those students to complete extended activities in addition to their general assignments. The idea that all students identified as gifted enjoy more work is misguided. Not many people want to write a report in addition to the project when everyone else just does the project. (The Challenge, 2008) Experts agree that gifted students don't need more work; they need a different kind of work that is appropriate to their individual level of academic achievement.

     But is it fair to ask students identified as gifted to do a different kind of work; work that is more challenging and demanding; higher in content and level of thinking?

     Some parents complain when their child is asked to complete activities with more rigor and complexity. Is this fair? If fair means equal; the same instruction, the same assignments, the same scoring guides; then, no, it is not fair. But if fair means giving assignments at the student's appropriate level of academic achievement, then, yes, it is fair. "We don't require students to eat the same kinds of food or to participate in the same after-school activities." (Tomlinson and Doubet 2006) When we ask bright students to do work that is a bit challenging for them, we are asking them to do exactly what we're asking every other student to do: stretch, learn something new, grow, make progress.

    If a child shows an interest and talent in music, for example, the parents would probably try to provide private lessons. The music teacher would assign music at or slightly above the the child's demonstrated level. If a child showed promise as a basketball or football player, the coach would direct the player to the appropriate exercises to develop and extend skills. Why wouldn't we apply this same concept to academics?

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Instructional Site

The instructional site featured in this issue is National Geographic Kids.
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Additional Resources

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

National Research Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning
Building 6, Room 304
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
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