Bullies are driven by jealousy and envy so it's hardly surprising that gifted children are targeted. Occasionally, exceptionally able children are targeted and bullied by a less-than-gifted teacher. Sometimes this is referred to as the poppy head syndrome, where one especially beautiful flower that stands above the rest has to be cut down to the level of the others.
In the case of J Daniel Scruggs, Daniel scored 139 on an IQ test. The bullying he endured drove Daniel to commit suicide. School authorities who failed in their duty of care have since tried to shift all the blame onto his mother. [Full story]
Web sites on gifted children
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is comprised of parents, educators, professionals and community leaders with the aim of addressing the unique needs of exceptionally able and talented children and young people.
Links to research on parenting and educating gifted children are on the Hoagies Gifted Education Page.
Underachieving Gifted Students is a digest prepared by the Education Resources Information Centre (ERIC).
The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented undertakes research on giftedness.
The Davidson Institute for Talent Development recognizes, nurtures and supports profoundly intelligent young people and provides opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.
Genius Denied: how to stop wasting our brightest young minds.
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