... facing newspapers. Maybe we should turn our attention to the schools. Dr. Helen ponders: I'm Not Really Talented and Gifted, I Just Play One for the PC Crowd.
My wife taught gifted classes before she retired. I actually don't think they're such a good idea. The schools I went to (all parochial) had classes with a mix of kids, some interested in academics, others less so. Among other things one discovered that indifference to academic subjects is no indication that a person isn't smart (and certainly no indication that a person isn't interesting). And learning to get along with a variety of people is good. The problem really is the assumption that what is good for anybody must be good for everybody. The assumption is false.