So, the question I often ask myself about Breanna, in particular, is this: is she isolated at school, and self-identifies as weird because she is one of the few Black students in a predominantly white school, or because of her gifted characteristics? “Please stop calling me gifted, Mom! Everyone knows that means I’m stupid and weird and useless!” my dear Breanna cried … [Read more...] about Is There a Place for Weird Black Girls?
Are all of the scholars at Valiant Cross Academy, which serves young men in middle and high school, truly academically and intellectually gifted? Consistent with national trends, about 10 percent of the scholars score in the top percentile on achievement and intelligence tests. Yet, the school leaders provide gifted services to ALL 150 scholars.. On Dexter Avenue in … [Read more...] about Young, Gifted and Black: How an All-Boys School Uses Gifted Strategies for all Scholars
The student body was one-third African American and Caribbean, one-third Hispanic, and one-third Caucasian. The school also touted a full-time gifted program and a bilingual program in Spanish and English. The odd thing was the African American and Caribbean students were all in the “traditional” academic program, while the Caucasian children were in the gifted program. The … [Read more...] about On Raising Gifted Black Girls