A Southern Reader On High-IQ Children Neglected Because Of Fears Of Elitism

Re: Steve Sailer’s Neglected Gifted Children: The Real Children “Left Behind”

From: Unreconstructed Southerner [Email him]

Interesting concept, that the gifted children don`t need special attention, or that “… they lucked out by virtue of genetics. They’ve got something other people don’t have, and so they should just be satisfied with that….” [The poor neglected gifted child , by Amy Grant, Boston Globe, March 15, 2014]

Another concept that I heard in the public school district that my daughters grew up in was “We don`t want them to think they`re better than the other kids”

Funny that that logic doesn`t get applied to the football team.  (The thought isn`t original with me—Edward Teller stated it in a Playboy interview).

See a previous letter from the same reader.

James Fulford writes: Neglect of gifted children is a problem for society—we will probably need a lot of more intelligent, educated people in the future, but we’re importing dumb people, and spending all our money on their education, while gifted children are deliberately neglected.

This is from  Instapundit, in 2009, a story from England:

HARRISON BERGERON, CALL YOUR OFFICE: State schools admit they do not push gifted pupils because they don’t want to promote ‘elitism.’ “Bright youngsters told inspectors they were forced to ask for harder work. Others were resentful at being dragooned into ‘mentoring’ weaker pupils.”

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