Is School The Right Place?
As children, sensitivities, overexcitabilities, and other issues pertaining to giftedness can be overwhelming not only to the children, but to their parents as well. As these issues continue through life, they make it hard to find others who can understand those parts of an otherwise severely intelligent or talented individual, and average school personal don't often understant. Being "highly gifted" or beyond, means you are at an intellectual level within only two percent of the population. Everyone who is at least willing to treat others with dignity and respect deserves to be understood for who they are. This website exists to try to help you to "understand".
Like an 18 year old mind in a 7 year old's body... "Giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity. The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching and counseling in order for them to develop optimally." The Columbus Group, 1991, cited by Martha Morelock, "Giftedness: The View from Within", in Understanding Our Gifted, January 1992.
Is it a Cheetah?
Imagine a cheetah being locked in a small cage...
"If a cheetah is fed Zoo Chow it may not run at all.
IS IT STILL A CHEETAH?
If a cheetah is sick or if its legs have been broken, it won't even walk.
IS IT STILL A CHEETAH?
And finally, if the cheetah is only six weeks old, it can't yet run70 mph.
IS IT, THEN, ONLY A *POTENTIAL* CHEETAH?"
From "Is it a Cheetah" (c) 1996 Stephanie Tolan
See the whole article here where the highly gifted child is compared to a cheetah. DiRhody.com was the first place on the web to display it with the permission of it's author, Stephanie Tolan:
"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this:
A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.
Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create - - - so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating."