Our goal is to help BC parents to challenge the myths:
Myth #1:Gifted children will do fine on their own.
Read the 10 Myths about Gifted Learners
Note: This website was started when the Liberal government in BC was cutting funding for education, including programs for children identified as gifted. During 2017, BC teachers succeeded in getting the Supreme Court to order the Liberals to increase funding for education (that’s the short version of the story) and in the fall of 2017, the Liberals were defeated and the premier resigned. The NDP came into power and there have been indications that additional resources will be provided along with more teachers and programs, and it’s expected that children identified as gifted will benefit.
It’s hoped that the resources on this website remain useful, but no additions have been made after the fall of 2017. It is hoped that eventually the term “children with asynchronous cognitive development” will be adopted as a more appropriate group title, but in the meantime, unfortunately, the children will continue to be labelled “gifted”.
THE KEY QUESTION:
Are we doing everything we can to nurture children in British Columbia who are described as gifted? We can begin by changing the label “gifted” that has been in use for about a 100 years!
The label “gifted” is problematic. It suggests that these children lead charmed and privileged lives. However, simply stated, they face challenges because their ability to think is more advanced than the norms for their age group. This asynchronous development can cause a range of behaviours and emotions that can prevent them from leading fulfilling lives. These children have special needs.
The purpose of this website is to provide resources that can be used to advocate for BC’s “mind-aloud” children. If you are a parent who needs support in your advocacy efforts on behalf of your child, take advantage of our free consultation. Sometimes it’s hard to see the wood for the trees, and we are glad to polish your lens.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact us: