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These differently-wired students are at-risk. They are prone to social isolation or rejection, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and underachievement. Gifted students often become disengaged, bullied, experience truancy, or drop out of school—up to 20% of high school drop outs are gifted.
Gifted students are differently-wired. They are not the easiest to teach nor the strongest students. They require opportunities beyond what is available in traditional classrooms and social-emotional support is key to their success.
Many of the emotional and social difficulties gifted students experience disappear when their educational climates are adapted to their level and pace of learning.
Only 11% of bachelor’s degrees in the US are in the sciences or engineering, compared with 23% in the rest of the world and 50 percent in China.
American students rank 25th in math and 17th in science compared to students in 27 industrialized countries.
In 2011, research showed that just 32% of 8th graders in the US were proficient in mathematics
Of new US patents, 45% are granted to foreigners.
Research shows that 25% of gifted people are underachievers. They quit trying because nothing they do leads to any measurable success or satisfaction.