Friday, September 21, 2012

Being Gifted: Good or Bad?

  Though being gifted has many advantages to it like better courses in high school and middle school, it has many disadvantages to it as well. And, even some people even believe some common myths about ROGATE students (or gifted and talented students), like that we get straight A's in every class, or  that we are extremely smart, when the truth is, some of us have D's in classes and we may not be bright in all of our subjects in school.
   Many advantages amd disadvantages come with beingin the program. One is a larger selection of colleges to choose from when you get out of high school. This can eventually lead to a better job when you graduate from college. Furthermore, we have asynchronous developement which means, our maturities (social maturity, emotional maturity, physical maturity, and intellectual maturity) develop at different rates, meaning, that I could be extremely smart in school, but I could have the body of 10 year old and the emotional maturity of maybe a 6 year old. There are also disadvantages that go with being in the gifted and talented program as well. One disadvantage is that people think that we are to "into" school and think that we never stop studying and think that we are nerds, dorks, geeks, etc. On top of that, our guardians have high expectations because of our excellent grades in school.
  There are even myths that many people believe about gifted students. One of these many myths, is that we have exeptionally high IQs and that we always do good on our school work. The truth is, some of us only excel in one subject over all others and may not have a high IQ at all. Furthermore, people believe that we are always good students and that we always get good grades no matter what subject it may be. The truth to that is that many of us don't do very well in our classes in schoolo and only do exceptionally well in 1 or 2 of them.
  Whether it be advantages, disadvantages, myths, or truths, the gifted program is fun and a great program to be a part of while you are in school.

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