It's O.K. to be Gifted Jim delisle

I have the fondest memories of my time in NZ last year. This year's foreign travels will bring me to Kuala Lumpur and Ecuador, but it'll be hard to beat the hospitality I experienced in both Auckland and Christchurch. I love you guys!

Here is a poem I wrote (using a Dr. Seuss format!) that was republished this month by our NAGC.

I hope that you find it beneficial for expanding the message about the need to serve gifted kids - in NZ and everywhere.

Photo by Popofatticus under Creative Commons licence.

Almost 20 years ago, I penned the following poem related to the discomfort many people feel about using the term "gifted" to describe children with high intellectual abilities. I thought that by now this artificial controversy would have evaporated from prominence but, sadly, I was mistaken.

Instead, the issues surrounding the term "gifted” remain a significant barrier to the full acceptance of our most capable children as needing specific intellectual and emotional support. In reprinting my poem, I am hoping to rekindle a discussion of the importance and relevance of using the term “gifted" that, for more than 100 years, has shown itself to be an accurate descriptor of our nation's most capable young people.

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