When Psycho Motor Dabrowski learned that the theme for this year’s New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week was to be Myth Busting he became even more super-over-excited than usual.
“Cool! I love myth busting!” he yelped. “Lots of bouncing and barking and blowing stuff up and then lots of high fives all round!”
“I think it would be wise to leave myth busting about giftedness to me” said Columbus Cheetah. “It is what I do! And I use Cheetah Logic rather than explosions to make my case.”
Columbus Cheetah has been working on busting myths about gifted and twice exceptional students for many years now.
He has tackled the myth that there are NO gifted students
and the myth that ALL students are gifted
and the myth that it is possible to create giftedness by training and attitude
He has battled myths such as
All gifted students will do well in school
Gifted students are polite, well behaved and have neat handwriting
Special education provisions for gifted students are elitist
Gifted students have pushy parents
And he has fought valiantly against
All students level out by Year 3
Acceleration is harmful for gifted students
It is not possible to be gifted and have a disability
Sometimes Columbus Cheetah becomes disheartened when he sees that the myths he has been battling against for such a long time continue to be believed and hinder gifted and twice exceptional students from receiving the educational opportunities and the social emotional support they need.
So Columbus Cheetah is delighted that the theme of New Zealand’s Gifted Awareness Week 2019 is Mythbusting!
All the folk at Sprite’s Site and Personas, Profiles and Portraits blog send their best wishes to New Zealand for a great week and much success with busting the myths surrounding giftedness.