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Group Wants Supports for Gifted Children

Grey Bruce | by John Divinski  

Association for Bright Children says there is no program for gifted students

Gifted kids in elementary grades have special teachers assigned to assist the children in realizing their potential.

However when they get to the secondary level -- that help is lost since the board only has money for the elementary level.

Spokesperson for the Bruce Grey chapter of the Association for Bright Children Dave Mason is calling for the special teachers to be re-instated at the secondary level.

Mason says the cutback in the program several years ago happened at a time when neither students nor their parents had any input.

As a direct result of the combined cutbacks, there has been a drastic reduction of learning opportunities for Elementary gifted students and the secondary program was abandoned altogether.

Mason believes the Ministry of Education will soon create requirements that will address the transition for gifted students from elementary to secondary levels.

He says they're not looking for equity as much as they're looking for something that is equitable.

Mason says you wouldn't fund gifted kids as much as you would a child who is blind or has learning challenges.

But he believes it's morally required that something be done on the secondary level for gifted kids with a return of a support program.


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