Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Harry Potter and The Gifted Kid
Some gifted kids have more intellectual and emotional sensitivities than all of the adults around them. They may be able to do amazing things that their families view with awe and fear, refusing them the chance to refine their raw talents into something manageable. In the story, Harry Potter finds a community of people who understand him and are willing to do anything to protect him and train his talent. But for most kids there is no opportunity to go away to a school where their gifts are unconditionally celebrated and nurtured.
The workshop will give gifted kids living "normal" lives some tools and validate their perspectives and experiences. They are at the same age as our hero, Harry, was when he first figured out what was going on!
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As a weird side note, the bus they take to school transports the gifted and mentally challenged kids of the neighbourhood only and the bus driver makes the gifted kids sit at the back of the bus and the challenged kids at the front. Talk about your two ends of the spectrum. My oldest sons most humiliating and humourous day on the bus happened when the bus driver insisted he sit up front with the mentally challenged students. (It's hard to know whether to laugh or cry.)
The DURSLEYS are whose attention Harry is vying. Dudly treats Harry badly and is freely given the attention of his parents. Draco Malfoy is popular. The only way for Harry to gain general acceptance is best him. Which in my view, this sets him up for failure. The author have to set Malfoy higher then Harry in order to knock Draco off the pedestal.