The Gifted Deserve More


Every weekday, kids go to school to learn. To learn vital skills for when they grow up, to learn fun facts to teach others. But for the gifted, this is another story. Some of us go to normal public schools, like any other child would. And when we are at school, we practically learn nothing! A lot of gifted children have a love to learn, and that is what school is for. But at school, their wish to be educated is not fully fulfilled! There are many people from around the world like this, and they are the only ones who will ever know what it feels like to be a gifted child.

We need schools that have extension work for the gifted, we need teachers who can look at every child as an individual and extend them so that they are working to their full potential. What we really need is a whole entire school for the gifted, with teachers who understand the gifted and can provide work at their levels individually.

By Lily, aged 9.

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About Mary St George

I teach in gifted education, both online and face-to-face.
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31 Responses to The Gifted Deserve More

  1. Sam says:

    well done for posting this, my son feels very much the same about school and it’s been a very long journey to find a class teacher and a whole school approach that supports him for being him

  2. innreach says:

    Simple, honest and succinct.. very well wrtten. Your an awesome kid, and yes what we need is schools with teachers that get the gifted. I am so glad you decided to speak out.

  3. Hanlie says:

    Great writing, Lily! My children are like you, too and they have trouble every day after school to think of something new that they learnt. How sad, because they have such hungry minds! At least my youngest is lucky enough to go to Pakiki Kids, which is similar to One day school. Wouldn’t it be nice if all of you could go to a school like that every day!

  4. Zen says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with what you have written, Lily! Well done for writing such a great blog post.

  5. Susan Stewart says:

    A gifted school – how wonderful that would be! Hope the people who can make this happen are reading and listening

  6. BetheChange says:

    Lily is my daughter and I am so proud of her for speaking out and voicing her feelings. Advocacy will bring change, be it big or small.
    We are based in Australia and I think NZ are a long way in front of us in terms of catering for the gifted. I hope we catch up soon!

  7. Well done Lily. You have captured how so many are feeling very well. A gifted school would be amazing. My husband is gifted and when he was in high school the school ended up employing him part time to do IT work as they didn’t know what else to do with him !.

  8. Madelaine says:

    Thanks for sharing lily. Your thoughts really resonated with me and my children – school should be a place where your desire to learn is both satisfied and re-fuelled. Thanks again 🙂

  9. Isla says:

    You already know I love it Lil but yeah-I LOVE IT! Its so true as well and I totally felt like this till i joined GO, and I love all your work but this is great.
    Your buddy
    Isla from Storymakers

  10. Sue NZ says:

    Hi, Lily. A few years ago, Gifted Kids tried very hard to get permission to establish a 5-day-a-week school for gifted children in NZ, but the government said ‘no’. Perhaps one day we will have a government which says ‘yes’, but in the meantime it is so important that people speak out to let the wider community know that gifted children need special support. Thanks for being one of those people. 🙂

  11. Scott says:

    Great work Lily. Your writing skills are incredible for a person of your young age. I am a tutor myself (part time while i study) and although i am only paid for 1 hour of my time each week i put in apprximately 4 – 5 hours of work and research each week to make sure that my student achieves their highiest potential. I hope your parents are able to help you out by finding materials and by printing out some work for you to do. If ever you are interested in doing some extra work i am more than happy to help you with links to study materials (ones for your knowledge level) and anything else you might need. feel free to just email me 🙂 i remember being very much like you in the first years of school. i would always finish first in the extended classes and still wait around for others to finish. but my teachers would never give me extra work becase i was passing the minimum materials they needed to teach. 5 minutes of time from a teacher or parent could have increased my knowledge ten fold.

  12. Kristin says:

    I wish you had the opportunity to attend such a school. Here in the US there are a few such schools and not all of them are privately funded. My children attend a gifted school that is part of our public school system. It has been an amazing experience for them. Spending the day learning and being with other children that think like they do has opened up their world to greater possibilities. I hope you will continue to advocate for such schools in Australia and other parts of the world.

    • Lily says:

      Me too! What’s not very good for me is most of the schools for bright children here are High Schools, so I still have another year or two left.

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  14. Angela Anderson says:

    What a blessing a gifted school would be for so many gifted children.

    It makes me so sad to read that school is/has been for you. It is also what I knew school would be for my son, days spent learning nothing new and huge amounts of repetition of things he mastered a long time ago.

    The very places that should value your thirst for learning are the same very places that are continually letting gifted children down.

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