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Sunday, September 18, 2005


Gifted Bits and Pieces

It's strange how much of what I read about gifted people seems to be so superficial. The main difference IMO is their interest in, and access to, higher levels of development. Gifted people need validation and resources in this area that aren't being delivered, in my experience. Often this part of being human is farmed out to religions, whose systems can be unacceptable and higher levels found wanting.

Most of the advocacy out there is for providing an appropriate education for gifted kids, and there's nothing wrong with this. After all the education system we have is geared toward the business system that we have, meaning success in one means success in the other. And material, here-and-now success does have some value.

But, and it's a big but, this is only a small piece of the puzzle. Should we require gifted kids to do their own searching, as a character-building developmental exercise? We don't do that with academic information. Perhaps we should at least give them an idea of where to start and some tools for the inward journey.

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