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.