Having been a high school teacher for the past 13 years, I have noticed a growing trend is to have children tested and labelled as Gifted and Talented (GAT).
I want to be clear that it is referring to academically gifted and talented. The truth is every single child is gifted and talented, which I will discuss later. I understand part of the reasoning is to ensure certain children are being challenged and not growing bored with school work that is too easy for them. However, my concern is two-fold. For the children who are labelled a GAT child and for the children who are not given that label.
Many of our students at InFlow Education have not been labelled as Gifted and Talented yet regularly out-perform some GAT students. Why? This is because long-term school results are more reflective of whether a child is motivated, doing their weekly study, applying exam techniques and in an environment that supports what they really want to do. Consistent study of an “average” student beats “gifted” without the weekly study.