Under Funding Gifted Education
Last year, PBS' NewsHour with Jim Lehrer was running a series of stories about the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) on the nation's schools. One segment in particular focused on NCLB's effect on gifted education.
The transcript (and video stream) of this NCLB and Gifted Education NewsHour segment offers a depressing look at the impact this act is having on the education of gifted children. Below are just a few choice quotes from the NewsHour segment.
- John Merror, the segment's reporter explains: "... programs for the nation's 3 million academically gifted students like Alex are disappearing from schools throughout Illinois and the rest of the country. The National Association for Gifted Children reported that last year, 17 states had no money set aside for gifted education."
- Don Roberts, a school superintendent captures the problem: "[gifted children are] probably the most underserved students that the districts have, because we spend so much time trying to bring the lower end up, that, you know, you tend to forget about the top."
- Penny Choice, a gifted education specialist puts the blame where it belongs: "Gifted services are going away very, very quickly because of the No Child Left Behind [Act]."