School Training of Gifted Children

School Training of Gifted Children

School Training of Gifted Children

School Training of Gifted Children

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The psychology of gifted children has been extensively studied. The theory of the special education of gifted children has been discussed frequently. Nowhere have special classes been described as they actually exist, on a large scale.

This book attempts to give a picture of public-school classes for gifted children actually at work. The study covers a period of five years. From a study made by Mrs. Dortha Williams Jensen, it would appear that the city of Cleveland has made the most thoroughgoing and progressive experiment in the education of gifted children, of any city in the United States. This statement is based upon the following facts derived from the study referred to.

First, there are only three cities having more classes than the city of Cleveland. Second, these cities all report having the same curriculum for gifted children as for their regular classes. Third, two of these three cities report their aim to be speed rather than enrichment of the course. Fourth, Cleveland is the only city reporting that the teacher is given practically unlimited freedom to work out the problem. Fifth, Cleveland aims at enrichment only and thereby provides a wider range of enrichment than is found elsewhere.

The writer's opportunity to study these classes is probably unique. Early in 1922 a group of public-spirited women of Cleveland organized themselves into a committee to promote the education of gifted children. The writer was asked to serve as their adviser. It was arranged that he should spend two days a month in Cleveland in connection with this work.

Discovering that a special class of gifted children had previously been established in the public schools, the committee decided to call upon Superintendent R. G. Jones and Assistant Superintendents Herbert D. Bixby, in charge . . .

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