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Gifted No More

Before I read Malcolm Gladwell's new book Outliers I would have been upset about this change to Montgomery County, MD's "gifted" program - but Gladwell makes a pretty compelling case in his book that the practice of sorting kids into gifted programs so early tends to have the effect of unfairly excluding kids who are naturally as likely to excel at too early a point.

I still think social promotion stupidly coddles students, however.