Article: Many gifted children fail academically

In this article, recently published by the University of Montreal, the statistics add up to real questions about the nature of gifted education in the province of Quebec — and of course, the results apply to other regions where the needs of gifted students aren’t appropriately met.

Here, the author asks the question “Why do gifted children struggle academically?” Among the reasons offered “is the lack of interest that gifted children have at school because the curriculum doesn’t meet their needs. The result is that they either become a disturbing force in the classroom or completely apathetic.”

Given these alarming findings, among others, is it not time for the Quebec Education Ministry to shift to a model that resembles that of provinces such as British Columbia and Alberta and allows for the specific funding of gifted programs?

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