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  •  But it is in the schools (0+ / 0-)

    where the GT programs are implemented.   What I see in FCPS is an entitlement program that has been co-opted by upper middle class whites to the detriment of disadvantaged students in our school system.  I do not see how research can fix that.

    •  Fairfax County is not like that everywhere else. (0+ / 0-)

      In my children's schools, Hispanic and African American students were placed in gifted programs with lower IQ scores than Caucasian children.  Extra effort was made, in the sense of affirmative action policies, to diversify gifted programs.

      I am a special education teacher, and I am well aware of the monies spent on students who are two standard deviations below the mean.  Nowhere near that amount is spent on those students who are two standard deviations above the mean.

      •  apologies for the typo (0+ / 0-)

        I left out the comma and mistyped 'it is.'  Sorry.

      •  it's too bad in a way, but... (1+ / 0-)
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        N in Seattle

        Perhaps the kids who are two S.D. above the mean don't need the same kinds of resources....

        I was gifted. I mostly read books non-stop. I succeeded because I had unlimited access to any books I wanted. I also had a couple of good math teachers, and decent science teachers too. I didn't need anything fancy, just pretty-good teachers who were using more advanced textbooks than the regular classes.

        My son is 2 s.d. below the norm. He needs more one-on-one work. A lot more. I'm defnintely not 2 s.d. above the norm when it comes to teaching a special ed kid, myself (wish I could!) I can see why special ed might be more expensive.

        In a democracy, everyone is a politician. ~ Ehren Watada

        by Lefty Mama on Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 06:23:57 PM PDT

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