To better understand the importance of altering the education system to include gifted students, it is imperative to first understand exactly what it means to be a gifted student. The federal definition, located in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, reads, “Students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields.” Generally, gifted students are believed to be simply “different” from the average student; the odd ones out. However, the behaviors and traits that set these students apart are not the students making trouble but rather the students revealing their gifted side. Becoming “absorbed in ...
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