I was honored to join families from across Washington state today as we gathered in Olympia and advocated for gifted education. Our number one goal? Fully fund basic education, which now includes Highly Capable programs.
I hope people remember that children are not widgets. There is such a push in our country to standardize everything; curriculum, assessment and accreditation, that it’s easy to forget that variety is the norm, not the exception.
It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that Highly Capable children will do fine “because they are gifted” when that isn’t necessarily true. In many ways Highly Capable is similar to Special Education, it’s just at the other side of the bell curve.