Education: Neglected Brain Power

Are U.S. schools, preoccupied with the "average" child, neglecting the training of uncommonly bright children? Schoolteacher Katherine P. Chambers raises the question after a year-long study of 341 "gifted" (I.Q.s of 135 and up) men and women who attended St. Louis public schools during the '20s. Among her findings:

¶Because of run-of-the-mill teaching and subject matter, some high I.Q. pupils were bored in school, failed to get top grades. Nor did most feel that skipping grades had helped much; in fact, separated from their friends, they often suffered isolation as "teacher's pets" and...

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