Parents, Parents, Listen. Children Deserve One Chance to Come Out and Show Their Efforts
President of MindShift Says “Parents, Listen. Children Deserve One Chance to Come Out and Show their Efforts”
(MDA) – According to a 2015 study, Gifted Pupils Outperform All Kids in School. In fact, elite English and French colleges have admitted over a third of students with IQs above 130, and many top American colleges consider intelligence above 130 a “gifted” student.
As more and more “gifted” students are accepted into elite universities, these students are being raised and taught “underhanded” or “hollow” concepts such as overcoming “vexatious” questions or being “best friends” with less talented students. These “gifted” students can no longer express an honest desire to get better.
This study, once again confirmed the most widely held belief of our species: every child deserves one chance to come out and show their efforts, rather than the “magical” ability to have unlimited talent. Yet in an explosion of programming and billions of dollars in training, more and more children are being “hand-picked” and pushed onto “easy” subject matter until they’re so bored they want to quit.
We believe that every student deserves a chance to do something worthwhile, and that it’s not fair to force these students into garbage classes until they drop.
MindShift sees a problem. Teachers tell MindShift that when they don’t do what is expected of them, they are “gifted” themselves. Teachers that don’t follow the curriculum are often “gifted”. Teachers that don’t give a “thumbs up” every time a student does a very simple task, like writing on the whiteboard, are usually “gifted”. Teachers that teach textbooks that are paid for by massive foundation grants rather than school expenses, are often “gifted”. Teachers that make their classrooms “homely” and make their students eat smelly food and spend their free time making real-life mistakes, are often “gifted”. Teachers that hire students that are complete misfits and make their lives a misery, are often “gifted”. Teachers that “like” their students and get to know them better, are often “gifted”.
Highly intelligent students who were frustrated with the program they were put on, quietly left and realized that the teacher who created the problem, is likely a “gifted” himself. These students are unlikely to admit that they might have had other options for getting better, so instead become jaded and rarely ever come back. More students are treated unfairly and then become so jaded that they purposefully avoid the classroom entirely.
At MindShift, we are working to change things. By showing the world that every child has been gifted. We are going to restore school as the last place where students can freely express themselves. By showing the world that it’s okay to challenge every student on sight, sound, and thought. By showing the world that there is nothing in this world that everyone else can achieve.
Don’t you agree? Let’s create a world where every student can do something worthwhile!