What We’re Watching: America’s Neglected Gifted Kids

Brandon Wright of the Fordham Institute talks with The Wall Street Journal about why schools need to do more for academically gifted students.

The WSJ recently published “The Bright Students Left Behind,” an opinion piece by Brandon Wright and Chester E. Finn, Jr that notes that “a great problem in U.S. education is that gifted students are rarely pushed to achieve their full potential.”

Finn and Wright have written a book, to be released by Harvard Education Press this month, on how well the U.S. and other countries are educating their top performers. The book is Failing Our Brightest Kids: The Global Challenge of Educating High-Ability Students

And NPR’s Anya Kamenetz interviewed Chester E. Finn, Jr. about “How the U.S. Is Neglecting Its Smartest Kids.”

In Education Next, June Kronholz wrote about a school in Nevada for the highly gifted in “Challenging the Gifted: Nuclear chemistry and Sartre draw the best and the brightest to Reno.”

Also in Education Next, “Poor Results for High Achievers,” is a study of two middle-school programs for high-achieving students that found little impact on students’ achievement for students who attended the program.

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