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 From the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
 Common Myths in Gifted Education

     Below are the most prevalent myths about educating high-ability children followed by the truth of what these children need. As you read them, NAGC encourages you to consider your own assumptions about gifted education.

     Myth: Gifted children will do fine on their own.
        Truth: Gifted children cannot teach themselves.
     Myth: Teachers challenge all students in the classroom.
        Truth: Most teachers have not been prepared to work with advanced students;
         therefore, many of these children are not learning new material every day.

     Myth: Gifted students are role models for other students in the classroom.
        Truth: Struggling learners do not look to the higher-ability students
        in the class as role models.

     Myth: All children are gifted.
        Truth: All children have strengths and positive attributes, but not all children
        are gifted in the academic sense of the word.

     Myth: Academic acceleration is socially harmful for the accelerated students.
        Truth: Gifted children are often happier with older children who share
         their interests and abilities than with children their own age.

     Myth: Gifted education programs are elitist.
        Truth: Gifted learners are found in all cultures, ethnic backgrounds
        and socioeconomic groups. However, many of these students are denied
        the opportunity to maximize their potential due to flawed identification
        practices, giving the appearance of elitism.
     Myth: Students getting poor or average grades cannot be gifted.
        Truth: Not all gifted students are academically successful.
     Myth: Gifted students are happy, popular and well-adjusted in school.
        Truth: School can be a negative experience for some gifted students.
     Myth: This child can't be gifted; he has a disability.
        Truth: Some gifte students also have learning or other disabilities.
     Myth: Gifted education programs require an abundance of resources.
        Truth: Offering gifted education services does not need to break the bank.

     For more on the "truth" to each myth, visit this site :


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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