Volume 5, Issue 3 (1976)
The Future of the Gifted and Talented
D.M. Jackson, B.O. Boston
Over ten years ago, the late English historian of civilizations Arnolds Toynbee raised the question, “Is America neglecting its creative minority?” In Toynbee’s view, the progress and even the ultimate survival of a civilization depends upon a small group of people who are different, people whose inventions, talents, and problem-solving abilities are central to the welfare of a society. If we assume that America’s creative minority includes those children of unusually strong intellectual abilities and high creative potential, we may ask, “What is the probability that in today’s schools and communities such a child will be recognized and offered educational opportunities commensurate with his or her special abilities?” While no “hard” statistical data provide a definitive answer to this important question, we can reliably estimate the probability of finding and helping the gifted/creative child today to be less than one chance in four.
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