Special Education Opinion

Christina Hoff Sommers on the NYC Gifted Gap

By Richard Whitmire — July 01, 2010 1 min read
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A sample from her article in The American, a publication of the American Enterprise Institute:

Pre-kindergarten boys with mental abilities three or four standard deviations above the mean have astonishing talents. But as Terry Neu, an expert on gifted boys, told me, sitting still for an extended period of time is not one of them. The capacity to remain seated for a long test does not reliably measure brilliance, but requiring pre-K children to do it is a sure way of securing more places for girls than boys in a gifted program.

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