By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Report card time is over and many parents are perplexed, some angry, that their smart kids, didn’t do well. The children, capable of doing harder work and moving ahead are bored; many misbehave and don’t have a good school experience.READ MORE: Pennsauken Police Searching For Hit-And-Run Driver Who Killed Shadid Fauntleroy While Crossing Route 130
The Washington Post points to Matt, who is in 5th grade, was doing SAT math problems in his head, with a teacher who complained that he didn’t finish his class assignments. The article asks why schools slow down gifted kids when research shows that they do well if accelerated.READ MORE: Upper Darby Mayor Unveils Plan To Resolve Battle Over Control Of Summer Stage
Only nine states have policies explicitly permitting acceleration and not holding back our brightest kids. Sixteen states prohibit early entry to kindergarten and only a few states deal with the issue.
The article suggests important references and lists practices such as grade skipping, advanced placement programs and early graduation to keep gifted kids learning and using their potential.MORE NEWS: Man Robs 16-Year-Old Girl At Knifepoint At SEPTA Station, Police Say
Matt, who changed schools, is now 27, and a software engineer.