To a gifted child, boredom is akin to physical pain

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One of the biggest challenges of raising a gifted child in the United States is that they don’t easily fit into the current public-school model. With asynchronous development, children may be very advanced in one subject but not in another. Public-schools often don’t have the resources or expertise to accommodate the asynchronous learner’s needs.

The number one complaint from gifted children is that “school is so easy that it’s boring.” Parents and educators know that boredom can lead to underachievement, behavior issues in the classroom, poor work habits and a host of mental health issues including depression.

Parents of gifted children must constantly advocate for their children in school. Every new year brings a new round of discussions with teachers, administrators and specialists about how to stretch the curriculum so the gifted child receives the education to which he or she is entitled.

Some private K-12 schools focus specifically on serving the needs of gifted children but often those schools are cost-prohibitive for parents and may not provide enough diversity in the student population to provide positive social experiences for gifted children. New education models are emerging every day that cater to the needs of gifted children including one-to-one schooling, unschooling, altschooling, co-op home schooling and online schooling.

Great reads about educating gifted children…

James and Susie; an Allegory (Northwest Gifted Child Association)

What it Means to Teach Gifted Learners Well (National Association of Gifted Children)

Elon Musk didn’t like his kids’ school, so he made his own small, secretive school without grade levels (Business Insider)

How to Spot a Gifted Student (Teachers First)

20 Types of Acceleration (Acceleration Institute)