Giftedness should extend far beyond a category or a label; it should certainly not be confined to a score or an IQ or achievement test. The test simplifies the recognition of some talents, but the complex potential of a child’s talents, sustained interests, and special aptitudes cannot be represented by performance on a limited number of questions in a fixed period of time. To rely on achievement test scores to determine giftedness is to say, in effect, that people are gifted because they are good at giving the right answers in the areas the examiners decided are important. Reliance on achievement tests makes it easy to standardize the kinds of talents that are valued. Whatever their original intent, the tests seem to say: if we cannot measure it, it doesn’t matter. So, our definition of giftedness is more demanding, but it’s much more accurate: giftedness is the potential for creative accomplishment over a sustained period of time in a number of different possible fields.
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Giftedness should extend far beyond a category or a label; it should not certainly be confined to a score or an IQ or achievement test.
When we talk of “gifted” children, we’re not referring to only a tiny group of people at the far end of the normal curve
The potential for creative accomplishment—for behavior we could regard as gifted—resides in all children.
By emphasizing the potential present in all children, our approach includes those at the opposite end of the curve, away from giftedness.
Permit your child to develop his potentials, and allow choices as to how (and how much) those will be nurtured.
Praise and encourage your child for trying to be outstanding in a special area, for succeeding, and for risking failure and sometimes experiencing it.
Don’t expect that giftedness can be developed without problems; it often requires a great deal of parental time, devotion, and effort.