Schooled podcast: Is giftedness real?

The Case Against Gifted Programs in Schools

The Case Against Gifted Programs in Schools

Getting schooled.
Nov. 27 2013 12:56 PM

Schooled: Is Giftedness Real?

The problems with treating some students as especially talented.

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Welcome to Schooled, Slate’s new podcast about education.

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Is your child “gifted”? What does that even mean? Some schools use old-fashioned IQ tests to identify gifted students. Others use teacher recommendations. A few schools are ending gifted programs altogether and are trying to implement gifted-level instruction for all kids. Which of these methods is fair? What should schools do to make sure that gifted tracks aren’t an option only for socio-economically advantaged children? In this episode, I talk to Sandy Darity, a researcher on giftedness at Duke, and Jeff Danielian, a Rhode Island teacher and giftedness advocate.

Podcast production by Sally Herships.

Dana Goldstein is the author of The Teacher Wars. She contributes to Slate, the New Republic, the Marshall Project, and other publications.