In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "catherine" <email@example.com> writes... #> >Absolute drivel! I will never accept a concept of a "gifted" class # #Please explain Da Vinci and Einstein. Please explain also how it is #helpful for the other 30 students in my class when the one "inclusion" #child acts out so badly the class order is destroyed. Because this behavior #is indicated in the child's IEP as a "handicapping condition", the child #may not be remoeved from the classroom simply because he throws furniture #at other students. # #The notion that it is not possible for someone to be smarter than someone #else or that everyone should be in the same place at the same time is #counterproductive. #
Indeed. Such systems (in the words of broadcaster Paul Harvey, I believe), punish excellence and reward mediocrity. He said one of the marks of a society is the way it treats its brilliant children. For instance, US American society whines and cries when its athletes come in second in some international competition (i.e, look at the US reaction to losing the 'fastest man' title), but it doesn't care or even know when its math students come in 14th on some international math test. (This illustration is currently running on a "stay in school" radio advertisement up here.)
I think this tells us where society's priorities are.
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