Hey everyone! Today I want to share something a bit…controversial. Labels. Judgments. Preconceived ideas. And…
As human beings, we like labels. We love to categorize things and put things into little boxes. We do it with things like colors (red, blue, green, yellow), letters, (a,b,c,d), and numbers (a,b,c,d). Labels help us organize our world and add a semblance of order on an otherwise chaotic world.
We like labeling things so much, that we also label people, ideas, and other intangibles, using words like good, bad, smart, dumb, right, wrong. These labels help us give meaning to things. And, as we have heard in other posts (including many authored by me), labels in education can drive services.
But guess what else is true about labels. Stigma. And prejudice.
The ugly side of labels.
Take a look at this video:
I wanted to share this with you and talk about labels because GT kids are labeled all the time. People make assumptions because of the label. Things like:
- Smart kids never need help
- GT kids can learn anywhere, so why are we pushing GT programs?
- Parenting GT kids is easy
Or these indirectly related statements:
- LD kids must NOT be gifted
- Depression and anxiety are not influenced by giftedness
- Emotional Intensity is not related to giftedness
- If you are emotionally intense, you MUST have a mental health issue
- If you have a mental health issue, you must be…crazy/broken/damaged