EDUCATING GIFTED CHILDREN by Gertrude Howell Hildreth


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A full and at all times fervent description of the Hunter College Elementary School (""the Genius School"") where the median I.Q. is 150 and where a special program of education has been developed for a young generation of brainbusters. The school was started in 1941, on the premise that mentally gifted children deserve a special kind of schooling that will develop their powers and groom them for their future among the intellectual elite. The appraisal here, in a book which is largely for the professional educator, covers the organization of the school; the basis of admission; the staff and plant and facilities; the curriculum and goals; the teachers and the teaching techniques; the instruction in subject matter and academic skills as well as the many school activities, the community experiences which play their part in what is an enriched teaching program. And for those possibly concerned with the social behaviour of these intellectual youngsters, there's every indication that their adaptation is superior and that their personalities are particularly attractive.... There has been a certain amount of possibly captious criticism of this experiment- which is fully outlined and justified here.

Pub Date: Sept. 5th, 1952
Publisher: Harper