Gifted programs are fast fading from the American public school system. Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough school funding to cover programs like art, music, dance, theatre, or gifted programs. So why should we fight for programs that single out one particular group of kids? Isn’t that unfair? Not necessarily. Here are some benefits of getting your child enrolled in a gifted program.
- It provides extra mental stimulation. A teacher has no choice but to teach according to her class’s needs. If some classmates aren’t grasping a mathematical concept, she’ll slow down the pace of her lesson. Gifted children often get into trouble at school due to lack of mental stimulation– they’re bored, so they seek to entertain themselves in other ways…and unfortunately, this often means getting themselves into trouble. Gifted programs can help alleviate boredom and disciplinary action for gifted students.
- It teaches critical thinking skills. Critical thinking is a skill that isn’t taught in schools, but it’s absolutely essential for getting a college education or an online college degree. Furthermore, critical thinking and problem-solving skills are essential for daily living. Do you want your child to see one solution to a problem, or eight potential solutions to analyze and pick the best one?
- It provides outside curriculum. Teachers are burdened with meeting state specifications on test scores. They have a very limited curriculum that they’re allowed to teach. Gifted teachers have much more freedom: they can act out Shakespeare, teach about cultures around the world, or let their students pick out their next learning module based on what they’re interested in.