Talented, gifted, or just bright?

11th March 2005 at 00:00
Reading Stephen Petty's piece on the gifted and talented (TES, February 18), I could not decide whether to laugh or cry.

Many researchers do not make a distinction between gifted and talented.

Still, it does give rather more status to artsportmusic than has been traditional.

What made me want to "burn my thesaurus" was the assertion that many educationists cannot get beyond the inference that this is the main reason why schools do not consider provision for these pupils.

During my time they have been called able, very able, exceptionally able, able learners, gifted, talented, and of marked aptitude. Over to you, Stephen. What would like them called?

Professor Deborah Eyre


National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth

Warwick university, Coventry

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