Programs For Gifted Students Suffer In Tough Economy

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"Tom Murphy, an education department spokesman, said Connecticut has an obligation to every child — whether that means "remedial work for reading, or advanced work at the college level to keep a student engaged."

Did Mr. Murphy mention the obligation the taxpayers of Connecticut have to keep him in a well paying, make work position in the Education Bureaucracy?
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USA spends more money per student than the rest of the rest of the world.
This must be your liberal story of the day.

And circulation decrteases
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Back in the 60's when I was in school the "gifted" students ( ones who were ahead of the regular classwork) were skipped ahead a grade so they learned at a level that kept them interested and they were able to get the education they were capable of learning. The students that could not keep up were given help after school by dedicated teachers and by their parents. If they did not achieve the proper level they were held back a year. Has this process been stopped? Was it not successful in achieving a similar effect as the "gifted" programs now in place now? Teachers back then taught because they loved what they did and wanted to help students. I'm just saying...
HC Here

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Sadly, the Democrats have other priorities ahead of helping the brightest students. Those goals center arond the laziest and dumbest students. Things such as high speed internet in the inner city schools (when broadband would suffice), spending on day care for teen mothers (are you listening Doglove?), and special confidence-building and diversity initiatives geared to help minorities.

Who cares about helping kids with potential learn more about math and science when the kids in Bridgeport and Hartford are seen as needing to know more about their heritiage? Remember the forums sponsored to bring little girls of single mothers tegether to read poetry and take trips (wake up Doglove)- I bet those will be funded before new laboratory equipment.

Any good socialist knows the best and brightest aren't deserving of more. Give them nothing and spend some more on the dumbest with the least potential so they can be moved up from "hopeless" to "hopeless but we sure tried" status.. Then we will all be equal.

Let the kids learn early on, in Democrat land, doing well is punished. Being a lazy immoral oaf is rewarded.
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The only reason these programs even exist is because the public schools got rid of ability tracking. Instead of the brightest kids taking all of their classes together and studying more advaned material they are thrown in with everyone. The cirriculum must then be dumbed down to what the least intelligent student can handle, leaving the smart kids bored.

When I was in a public middle school we had four levels in each grade assigned by ability. Everybody knew who the smart kids were and who the lowest achievers were, nobody was uptight about it and those of us at the highest level didn't need special programs except the very brightest math students (a group that did not include me).

Since that time the schools of education figured out that self-esteem is far more important than actually equipping children to function in the real world, a place few teachers and administrators have ever visited.
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Spend money on the needy not the spoiled "gifted."
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The Manchesterization of West Hartford continues. All aboard the Avon and Simsbury express.
parent of a smart kid

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It's always this way. My smart kid suffers just because he's not a jock!! Sports are never affected this way --- only brains.......
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Thank you, Courant, for so thoroughly and eloquently addressing one of the true horror stories of this State's rush to cut educational funding at all costs during these and other tough economic times.

These kids are truly the MOST important asset this State has to offer for the betterment of our economy, security, society and the world. We, and they, undeniably deserve better.
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No Child Left Behind... and no child gets ahead, either.

Unless you're mentally retarded, a person of color, a non English speaking immigrant, or someone afflicted with any number of fictitious ailments that seemingly only affect U.S. students (i.e. ADD), then you have no hope of getting any kind of attention.

The schools can't seem to hire enough 'special ed' teachers, but when a child shows any signs of excelling above and beyond the pathetically low standards, they are simply thrown to the sidelines to fend for themselves.
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Thank you, Courant, for so thoroughly and eloquently addressing one of the true horror stories of this State's rush to cut educational funding at all costs during these and other tough economic times.

These kids are truly the MOST important asset this State has to offer for the long-term betterment of our economy, security, society, and the world. We, and they, undeniably deserve better.
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But do we question the dollars spent on testing, retesting, and teaching to the standardized tests?
Do we question the dollars that ADA requires be spent on additional fulltime employees so that severely developmentally disabled children can be offered a "normal" school experience?

Never.
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I am amazed again. Its hopeless real hopeless. We have to send gifted (bright) children to a special class. Think about it, that means they need a special place to go because they cannot get their education in a regular classroom. Why is that so the other children in the class do not feel less smart then the bright one's. This is a great example of why our system of education will never work. We strive for average and not excellence. Instead of setting an example of success we make the successful targets of being out of the norm and limit their ability to learn. He or she is bright so lets get him or her out of this classroom so we can teach them at their level. Boy this is a sorry state of education. Lastly, why does it cost additional monies to provide this special education. The teachers are there the facilities are there but yet it cost more money. Like I said I give up the system is broken plain and simple.
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Gifted Education in CT is in horrible shape. We had to pull our son out of the Glastonbury Public School system - he was bored and being labeled as socially maladjusted because he would rather have his nose in a book than run around on the playground.... We found a terrific private school - Talcott Mountain Academy in Avon and he absolutely BLOSSOMED!!!!! It was worth the sacrifice and every single penny! Our son is now a confident, successful young man. Shame on the public schools for devaluing our youth.
time for a change

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Why is it that the brainy kids get cheated and the jock kids don't? Isn't it time for our priorities to change?
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Parents of children with special needs have long been subsidizing their children's educations to get them the services they need to succeed. Parents of "gifted" kids need to step up and do the same.
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gifted children are only one sub-set of student badly served by the one-size-fits-all ed-ocracy that is more concerned with operational convenience than subject mastery, more comfortable with educational packaging than critical thinking...learning modes, and rates of development are as varied as aptitude and require strict oversight and flexibility in response...until students achieve the habits of mind that facilitate self-eduction their tutoring is a labor-intensive, artisanal occupation, not an assembly line stamping process...and, while money is a part of the problem/solution, attitude (toward teacher training, pedagogcial method, curriculum design, etc.), matters more.
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This is not new. You have ignored the gifted for decades. The shame of the gifted and talented programs across the state are a joke. You can't lose what you never had!!!
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You have to love (or hate) the state of Connecticut, with the "no child left behind" act, a child who is not even fit to attend a public school is mandated to be educated at an exorbitant expense while a child who is brighter than his peers is left to get C's or D's because they are bored beyond belief. I do not write this because I am making up a theoretical situation, but because I work in school finance and administration and have witnessed the lunacy of this wasteful spending repeatedly. The idea that special needs children should be mainstreamed is equally ridiculous, they require one on one assistance and the rest of the student population largely ignores them. This does nothing for their self esteem but redirects huge amounts of funds from the budget to keep them there. When I worked in Finance for a school designed STRICTLY for special needs children, the costs were less due to the fact that the program was designed only for them AND they were among their peers and treated better!

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