Patterns in Education of the Gifted
The belief that all genuine education comes about through experience does not mean that all experiences are genuinely or equally educative.
-- John Dewey
The sudden burst of interest in the 1950's in education of the gifted resulted in the appearance in educational journals and in popular magazines of a rash of articles describing special programs at various levels in school systems. A number of surveys have also appeared which summarize some of the more promising practices. Examples of these are A Survey of the Education of Gifted Children by Havighurst an others ( 1955), Practical Programs for the Gifted by Kough( 1960), and Programs for the Gifted, A Case Book in Secondary Education, by Everett and others ( 1961). The reader will find some detailed information of interest about particular programs in each of these volumes. This chapter is divided into four sections which attempt to consolidate information about particular programs into patterns of education at the elementary, junior high, senior high, and college levels respectively. The ideas that are fundamental to each of these patterns should be observed in making choices between various alternatives in establishing programs for the gifted in the classroom or in the school system.
Despite preoccupation with the needs of meeting problems raised by an explosion in school population in the past half century, school sys-