Hmm…I have mixed feeling on this one. Yes, teachers do work very hard to meet the unique challenges of today’s classrooms, monitoring and adjusting as they can for the diverse population of students that they service. Unfortunately, this does not mean that teachers are given adequate preparation to meet the needs of gifted children, either through their teacher preparation coursework or through in-services once they begin teaching. How can teachers meet the unique needs of students when they do not know how? A survey conducted by the National Research Center on Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT) discovered that as many as 61% of teachers had little or no training in teaching highly able or gifted students (Archambault, et al. 1993).
The truth is this – without adequate teaching and a clear understanding of the needs of gifted students, schools will continue to fail in meeting the needs of this population.