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Contents Introduction xi Chapter 1 Understand What Giftedness Is . . . and What It Is Not 1 Speaking of First Impressions . . . 3 Reality Sets In 8 Avoid at All Costs 10 Just a Word on Leveling 10 Talking the Talk 12 Gifted Children Speak Out 15 Chapter 2 Know the Distinction Between "Better At" and "Better Than" 17 On Suffering Fools Gladly 18 Oh! The Silly Things We Do! 23 Loneliness and Being Alone: A Fine-Line Distinction 27 Gifted Children Speak Out 29 Chapter 3 Stop Paying Interest on a Bill You Never Owed 31 The Wonderful Wizard of OEs 34 The OEs in More Depth 35 The Journey Begins . . . 44 Gifted Children Speak Out 46 Chapter 4 Take Charge of Your Child's Education 47 The "Error" of Inclusion 49 The Underground Guide to Getting Your Way 55 Conclusion 66 Gifted Children Speak Out 67 Chapter 5 Appreciate That Less Than Perfect Is More Than Acceptable 69 Always Read the P.S. 70 Conclusion 87 Gifted Children Speak Out 88 Chapter 6 Living the Nuanced Life 91 Nuance #1: The Myth of Underachievement 93 Nuance #2: The Straw Dog of Gender Bias 99 Nuance #3: Fulfillment Through Philosophy 103 Conclusion 108 Gifted Children Speak Out 110 Chapter 7 Deep Roots, Long Branches: Using the Past to Understand the Present 113 The Research Says . . . 115 A Note About Depression 120 On Crossing Bridges Prematurely 125 The Gifted Adult as a Role Model 127 Conclusion 131 Gifted Children Speak Out 132 Chapter 8 Write Your Dreams in Pencil 135 Goal Setting That Matters 142 Get a Job! 148 And if They Don't Want to Go to College? 152 Stepping Back . . . Stepping Out 157 Gifted Children Speak Out 159 Chapter 9 Make a Life, Not Just a Living 161 The Importance of Importance 163 Teaching Gifted Kids to Care: Character Development in Action 164 "Being" Versus "Doing" 171 Gifted Grown Ups Speak Out 173 Chapter 10 Life Is Not a Race to See Who Can Get to the End the Fastest 175 In Praise of Elitism 176 On the Other Hand . . . 179 Closing Time 183 Gifted Children Give Thanks 187 References 189 Gifted Education Journals and Publications 193 Resources for Parents of Gifted Kids 193 About the Author 215
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Parents of gifted children.
Gifted children -- Education.
Education -- Parent participation.