Volume 2, Issue 4 (1973)
Talent Potential in Minority Group Students
There can be little doubt that our nation’s largest untapped source of human intelligence and creativity is to be found among the vast numbers of individuals in the lower socioeconomic levels, particularly among the approximately 20 million black Americans. A large body of accumulated research clearly indicates that gifted and talented children can be found in all racial groups and at all of society’s economic levels. With respect to family background, Terman’s (1925-1959) study of gifted children showed that, in actual numbers, the nonprofessional segment of the general population contains more than twice as many gifted children as the professional group. Regarding racial and ethnic origin, Miles (1954) reported that many high IQ black children can be found in black communities. Studies by Jenkins (1948) and Witty and Jenkins (1934) indicated that race per se is not a limiting factor in intellectual development, that black children with high IQ’s come from a variety of backgrounds, and that educational achievement of highly able black children resembles that of other gifted youngsters.
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