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 Issues Associated with Highly Gifted Children 
General Gifted Education Links  

One time the animals had a school. The curriculum consisted of running, climbing, flying and swimming, and all the animals took all the subjects. 

The duck was good in swimming, better than his instructor, and he made passing grades in flying, but was practically hopeless in running. He was made to stay after school and drop his swimming class in order to practice running. He kept this up until he was only average in swimming. But, average is acceptable, so nobody worried about that but the duck. 

The eagle was considered a problem pupil and was disciplined severely. He beat all the others to the top of the tree in the climbing class, but he had used his own way of getting there. 

The rabbit started out at the top of his class in running, but had a nervous breakdown and had to drop out of school on account of so much makeup work in swimming. 

The squirrel led the climbing class, but his flying teacher made him start his flying lessons from the ground instead of the top of the tree, and he developed charley horses from overexertion at the takeoff and began getting C's in climbing and D's in running. 

The practical prairie dogs apprenticed their offsprings to a badger when the school authorities refused to add digging to the curriculum. 

At the end of the year, an eel that could swim well, run, climb, and fly a little was made valedictorian. 

           --printed in The Instructor, April. 1968

There are far too many links to list them all here. We've compiled several for you.   These are the ones that we find to be the most helpful to teachers. 

Issues Associated with Highly Gifted Children  

  • The Hollingworth Center for Highly Gifted Children Founded by Kathi Kearney, The Hollingworth center is a resource for parents and teachers of highly gifted children.
  • The Gifted Development Center Dr. Linda Silverman and her staff run one of the best centers in the country for gifted children with learning disabilities.
  • The National Foundation for Gifted and Creative Children. Founded by a Rhode Island woman, this foundation serves children throughout the country.
  • Problems in Identification and Assessment of ADHD Written by Steven Nordby, this paper shows how very easy it is for the wrong diagnosis to be made on a child.
  • Current Use of the Stanford Binet ,Form L-M Makes the case for the continued use of the old Stanford Binet test to be used where a child scores at the ceiling on two or more subtests on the WISC-lll or Stanford Binet Revised.
  • Don't Throw Away the Old Binet Written by Dr. Linda Silverman and Kathi Kearney, this was the first article to point out the need for higher ceiling tests for Highly Gifted Children.
  • Is It A Cheetah? Stephanie Tolan uses the Cheetah metaphor to show how a highly gifted child survives in the regular classroom. This is probably the most highly respected article in the field of Gifted Education.
  • Helping Your Highly Gifted Child Also written by Stephanie Tolan, this serves as a lighted pathway through the maze of giftedness.
  • How to Identify Gifted/Ld kids Dr. Linda Silverman shows this through charts.
  • Gifted but Learning Disabled: A Puzzling Paradox By Susan Baum. Also an excellent article.
  • The White House Fellowship Program Is the White House listening?
    General Gifted Education Links 
  • Center for Gifted Education & Talent Development 
  • Crossing Boundaries - A four district model for improving instruction and creating high standards in Coventry, New Shoreham, West Warwick and Westerly, Rhode Island.
  • CTDNet--The Center for Talent Development Network 
  • Education Project for Gifted Youth 
  • ERIC Digest #E524 - Gifted Students 
  • Gifted and Talented 
  • Gifted and Talented (TAG) Resources Home Page 
  • Gifted and Talented Students: Resources 
  • Gifted Resources Distance Learning Page 
  • Gifted Resources Publications Page 
  • Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth - Johns Hopkins University 
  • The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented 
  • Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education 
  • Pitsco's Launch to Gifted and Talented Resources 
  • Prufrock Press - Home Page 
  • Resources For Homeschooling Gifted Students 
  • School Reform and Gifted Education 
  • Ten Tips For Parents of Gifted Students 
  • The Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program 
  • The Sage Page 
  • Washington Magnet and Gifted School of Communication - Web Site 
  • Welcome to Duke Talent Identification Program 
  • Welcome to Old Donation Center for the Gifted and Talented! 
  • What Works! 
  • New England Comprehensive Assistance Center Home Page
  • Center for Talent Development 
  • TAG Comprehensive Gifted and Talented Resources Page 
  • The Council for Exceptional Children 
  • Distance Learning Programs 
  • The Eric Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education 
  • National Excellence - A Case for Developing America's Talent
  • National Research and Development Center (Javits Center)
  • ERIC:Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation.
  • National Association of Test Directors.
  • National Repository for Instruments and Strategies Used in the Identification and Evaluation of Gifted Students.

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