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What is Giftedness, and How do You Test for it?

 There are many conflicting beliefs about what it means to be gifted. One popular table I have seen at several conference presentations includes the phrase “Smart children answer questions. Gifted Children question answers.” It is a cute expression, but it does a disservice to all involved. As with all children, there are learning styles issues. Some gifted children prefer to have explicit answers to specific questions. Others prefer more open-ended inquiry, and will continue to chase down deeper and deeper levels of the material, neither expecting nor desiring a conclusion. For some of them, it is a matter of the subject at hand. They pursue deeply their passions while leaving the less riveting topics at a very superficial level. To lump these children together in a single pot is unfair, unwise, and unproductive. 


(The above is a part of a column I wrote for the Home School & Family Times sometime around the turn of the century. I am trying to find the rest of it to put in, but failing that I will expand upon it in late 2019 or early 2020.)