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What It Really Boils Down To

from Education Week

Tamara Fisher, a K-12 gifted education specialist for a school district located on an Indian reservation in northwestern Montana and President of the Montana Association of Gifted and Talented Education, writes: "School should be about LEARNING. It's really that "simple" to me. Yes, our schools fulfill other purposes, too. I certainly don't deny or disagree with (much of) that. But if a child is mostly being "taught" what he or she has already mastered, I don't think we can say that child is getting an education. At school, of all places. Ironically, it is our gifted youth who are often learning the least. For one example, see the Fordham report, High-Achieving Students in the Era of NCLB, which shows stagnation, not growth, for the top 10 percent of our learners." more


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