Giftedness and the Rainforest Mind: Our Endangered Students

March 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm 1 comment

Bright, sensitive, intense, are descriptions I hear from many parents of gifted children. While most people think of gifted kids as those with high IQ’s or with high SAT scores, parents of gifted kids know that their children are more than their IQ scores.

Paula Prober (a licensed counselor who works with gifted adults, teens, and families) has put forth a metaphor that quite clearly describes these wonderful people: rainforest minds. As Paula says, “Like the rainforest, gifted individuals are often complex, multi-layered, intense, highly sensitive, colorful, creative, overwhelming, fragile and misunderstood.” I encourage you to click on the link I have created to find out more about her ideas about the rainforest mind.

So why is it that gifted kids are so endangered. Perhaps it is because No Child Left Behind has shifted public attention to students who are unable to meet basic standards, and perhaps it is because there is a general feeling that gifted kids can make it on their own. As a public teacher for more than 25 year, a university professor for another nine, and now as a gifted consultant, I know that gifted children deserve to receive a respectful and appropriate education.

The next time you go for surgery, you need to ask yourself if you want a gifted surgeon, or will you be willing to take one who barely met the standards? The next time you need an attorney, you need to ask yourself if you want a gifted attorney, or will you be willing to take one who barely met the standards? The next time you enroll your child in school, you need to ask yourself if you hope your child is in a classroom with a gifted educator, or are you willing to have your child taught by an educator who barely met the standards? I believe that we need to nurture and nourish all of our children, even those who seem to have great potential. In order to successfully solve the problems we will face in the future, we need citizens who have been encouraged to reach their fullest potential. It is time we cared enough about our gifted students to adequately fund their public school education!

Entry filed under: Gifted Children, Parenting Gifted Children, Rainforest Mind. Tags: , , , , .

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