A review by the University of Iowa shows thousands of talented K through 12 students aren’t getting the opportunity to take advanced courses. Nicholas Colangelo, the director of the U-of-I’s International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, looked at studies on the subject and found that allowing students to skip grades or take advanced courses.He says what the review shows is that overwhelming accelerated learning is positive for kids that’re ready for it. Positive for them academically, emotionally and socially. But, he says educators have been slow to take action because they don’t understand the research of philosophy. He says he’s run across educators that say they don’t think kids should be separated from their age mates or classmates, so it ends up being a personal preference rather than research based.While schools are facing tough budget times, he says that’s not an excuse for ignoring the need for accelerated learning. He says it seldom requires new money. He says it doesn’t cost money if a child is grade skipped from grade three to grade five, as you don’t need new teachers or new text.Colangelo hopes this review will make educators change their attitudes about offering advance courses for kids.
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