1. Aimee Ashcraft

    Hi George, I am in agreement with everything in your article except that all kids are gifted. All students are not gifted. According to the National Association for Gifted Children, “Children are gifted when their ability is significantly above the norm for their age.

    Giftedness may manifest in one or more domains such as; intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, or in a specific academic field such as language arts, mathematics or science.”

    All children are special and have strengths, but all children are not gifted. I hope you will do further reading on giftedness and rethink your position on this.

    • George

      Hey Aimee…I think when I say all students are “gifted”, I mean that all students have gifts but those “gifts” are not necessarily recognized or developed in school. Not necessarily an academic or formal definition of the word “gifted”.

      • Aimee Ashcraft

        Thank you for the clarification. As a long time educator of gifted students I hear a lot of misconceptions about gifted. I think we have to be careful about the language and terminology we use so we don’t send out the wrong message. I agree that so many students have strengths and abilities that never get recognized or nurtured. I really have been inspired by your work an I am currently reading your new book. Keep inspiring us with your work, you are changing lives.

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