Originally Posted by Shazadio
Just curious, how did all those gifted children survive back in the "old days" before any programs?
Well, I qualify as 'gifted' based on testing I received in high school, but I went to a rural school with no AP, no Calculus, no nothing. So I was bored out of my mind, learned very little and got average grades. I made up for it by being involved in and leading every single after-school activity, which helped with the boredom but not with the learning. I am so grateful that I fell into a great college. It was like waking up after a long sleep. I got straight As, went to Africa, went on to grad school, and loved every minute of it. If I hadn't had that experience, I would never have known how exciting, fun and interesting learning could be.
So probably in the 'old days' a lot of kids were bored just like I was, and never realized their full potential....I don't see that as a good thing.