The Guardian: Young, gifted and likely to suffer for it
By Annalisa Barbieri
“Just the term “gifted child” is enough to raise eyebrows in disdain. Being gifted – having special talents above the average – has never been endearing. No matter how it’s presented, it smacks of showing off, of thinking that you’re better than anyone else. As with many other labels, it can be a burden.
“In this country,” says Professor Joan Freeman, “the stereotype is usually of a little boy wearing glasses, can’t make friends, verging on Asperger’s, may play a violin, small, thin, friendless.” Freeman used to subscribe to quite a lot of these myths. “But as the years went by, I began to realise that gifted children are normal human beings.””
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