Friday, September 21, 2012

The Ups, The Downs, The Myths, and The Truths of Being Gifted

Many people don't understand how hard it is to be gifted. Many people only see the ups, but not he downs of being gifted. To begin with, gifted people have to deal with all of the expectations and pressure others put on us. In addition, being gifted you most likely will run into the problem of asynchronous development. Also, according to the NAGC gifted children are more vulnerable than others. On the other hand, being gifted brings many ups. For example, we can get into some advanced classes. In my experience, i went to ACT in elementary school. Gifted kids also may be advanced in one subject or more. This can make your GPA higher. Being gifted is both good and bad.

People create many myths about gifted people, but not everyone knows the real truth. One myth is that people may think that if you get bad grades you can't be gifted. However, the truth is you may be getting bad grades just because you are bored, or lose interest in the subject. This is very easy to do; I know because I've done it many times before. Another myth is gifted kids need to serve as examples for everyone else and have extra responsibility. But the truth is other people are more likely to be motivated by peers who are at the same level as them. People who are gifted don't need more responsibility. I know I don't want the responsibility. I don't think I motivate my little sister, because she is learning things I learned about four years ago.

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