Common Gifted Myths:
Gifted students are a homogeneous group, all high achievers.
Gifted students do not need help: If they are really gifted, they can manage on their own.
Gifted students have fewer problems than others because their intelligence and abilities somehow exempt them from the hassles of daily life.
The future of a gifted student is assured: A world of opportunities lies before the student.
Gifted students are self-directed: They know where they are heading.
The social and emotional development of the gifted student is at the same level as his or her intellectual development.
Gifted underachievers need to be pushed to try harder; they need to get organized.
Gifted students are social isolates.
Gifted students are like cream that rises to the top in a classroom.
Gifted kids are so smart they do fine with or without special programs.
Gifted and talented means the same thing.
Gifted students should achieve to high standards in the classroom.
The primary value of the gifted student lies in his or her brainpower.
The gifted student’s family always prizes his or her abilities.
Gifted students need to serve as examples to others and should always assume extra responsibility.
Gifted students can accomplish anything they put their minds to. All they have to do is apply themselves.
Gifted students are naturally creative and do not need encouragement.
Gifted students are easy to raise and a welcome addition to any classroom.
Adapted from College Planning for Gifted Students, 2nd edition, by Sandra Berger, 1994.