Fair Enough by Perry Glanzer

Fair Enough

Perry Glanzer on Secular Angst About Gifted Students

Many public schools have traditionally offered “Gifted and Talented programs” or special classes for “gifted children,” and I sometimes mused to friends that Americans United for Separation of Church and State should have been screaming in protest. Calling kids “gifted” implies that Someone gave them the gift. If you believe “gifted” students are really just the fortunate winners of the gene lottery or the propitiously fated products of competitive evolutionary development, why would you call them gifted? You should call them lucky.

Obviously, “Lucky and Talented” doesn’t have the special ring parent . . .