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To be young, gifted, and urban

from NAESP

Should urban schools continue to fund gifted and talented programs? The Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews thinks no. "Unfortunately public schools, including those in the suburbs, rarely have the resources or teaching expertise to challenge them much," he writes. "For urban schools, the standard gifted and talented system is often a waste of time." Mathews' objection stems from his belief that the gifted and talented label is often misused and that "most successful schools try to raise the achievement of all students, no matter how high or low they start the year." more


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