Identifying and educating ‘gifted and talented’ a tricky business
LA School Report | September 28, 2015
By Anya Kamenetz
Ron Turiello’s daughter, Grace, seemed unusually alert even as a newborn.
At 7 months or so, she showed an interest in categorizing objects: She’d take a drawing of an elephant in a picture book, say, and match it to a stuffed elephant and a realistic plastic elephant.
At 5 or 6 years old, when snorkeling with her family in Hawaii, she identified a passing fish correctly as a Heller’s barracuda, then added, “Where are the rest? They usually travel in schools.”
With a child so bright, some parents might assume that she’d do great in any school setting, and pretty much leave it at that. But Turiello was convinced she needed a special environment, in part because of his own experience. He scored very high on IQ tests as a child, but almost dropped out of high school. He says he was bored, unmotivated, socially isolated.
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