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Gifted children in our school system.

Air Date: 09/25/12 Children are all alike in many ways, and yet unique.  Imagine the dilemma on school systems with many demands on its resources and less than adequate budget.  Not surprisingly, the bell curve we remember in science class comes into play.  Education is designed around those students that fit under the large area of the curve.  Many resources are starting to go to helping out those students with learning difficulties including special classes.  What about those on the other end of the curve?  It may surprise you that many exceptional students sometimes get less attention than they need.  It's true that all students are special and unique.  Sometimes gifted children will fall through the cracks in school despite their abilities.  For example, some have behavior problems out of boredom when they get bored at the end of an assignment they finish. Although they may be very good at school work, most aren't gifted in social skills and will be picked on.  Others will argue more effectively than their parents, after all gifted kids don't like chores more than any other child.  Listen for suggestions on this edition of Parenting.  Parenting with Cheryl Erwine airs every Tuesday morning on 88.7 FM, KUNR, and can be reached at 775-331-6723 or cheryl.erwine@sbcglobal.net.