“Why is Columbus Cheetah sitting on the chair in the Naughty Corner?” I asked Sprite. “Black Dog put him there” she replied. “He said Columbus was using naughty words and needed to sit in the corner and think about it. But I don’t know what he said that was naughty. He didn’t say the F word, or the S word, or the B word!”
“What did he say?” I asked.
“Columbus was talking to Intellectual Dabrowski about my education plan for next term.” Sprite said. “Columbus said that even though I have some learning difficulties I am gifted and should be given acceleration opportunities.
Then Leaping Attack Black Dog suddenly pounced on him and dragged him off to the Naughty Chair and now Guard on Duty Black Dog is sitting there and not letting him move out of the corner!”
I knew that Sprite often used stories about Columbus Cheetah and the overexcitable Dabrowski Dogs and the depression causing Black Dogs to express her concerns.
So I was anxious to find out more about the background to this particular story.
“Tell me what happened” I said.
“Columbus and the Dabrowski Dogs were talking about my education plan for next term (except Psycho Motor who was outside chasing butterflies and Sensual who was having a Lavender Lathers grooming parlour session).
Intellectual was discussing the definitions of giftedness and the levels of giftedness on different scales and whether ‘Gifted’ was really the best word to use and he and Columbus were talking about the Hoagies May Blog Hop about “Using the G word” and all the posts which can be read at http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/blog_hop_the_g_word.htm
“I tuned out after a while and talked to Imaginational who was suggesting all sorts of great sounding programs and provisions.
Imaginational was saying it would be great if I could have either a De Bono Brown Brogues – Do the Most Sensible Thing program
Brown brogues https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/brown-brogues/
or a De Bono Grey Sneakers – PBL Investigations program
Grey sneakers https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/grey-sneakers/
with contact with a mentor for astronomy
Purple riding boots https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/purple-riding-boots/
and help and support in the areas I need it.
Plaster cast https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/casting-sprites-education-in-a-new-form-part-1/
He said it even said in the Iowa Acceleration Scales manual that students should not be denied acceleration only on account of learning difficulties.” http://www.accelerationinstitute.org/resources/ias.aspx
“Intellectual snorted and said that would happen when the porcine aeronauts arrived and that my school was locked into their paper shoe covers system because they were saying all their students were gifted.”
Then the Pair O Noids arrived and said that it was not politically correct to say one student was gifted unless you said everyone was gifted.”
“So Columbus Cheetah got really upset and said that obviously people were not taking any notice of his myth busting efforts; http://www.giftedresources.org/gr/columbuscheetah.htm
and that it was just not true that everybody was gifted; in the same way as it was not true that nobody was gifted!
Hadn’t anybody been listening when he presented ample evidence that although every student was precious and every student had areas of relative strength, every student was not academically gifted?
Hadn’t they been listening when he said that all students need excellent education but gifted students need an education which suits their needs?”
“Emotional Dabrowski started howling in sympathy and then Black Dog arrived!”
“Why do you think Black Dog attacked Columbus rather than you?” I asked.
“Well,” said Sprite. “I think it was because Imaginational and I were happy discussing possible programs that would be really great.
But I can only have a limited amount of influence into whether the good things can be made to happen. I need people to advocate for me as well.”
“ And when Intellectual was being cynical and the Pair O’Noids were being paranoid it made Columbus wonder whether his myth busting was ever going to be completely successful.
And then Emotional started howling in sympathy and then the Black Dogs turned up.”
“Your have shown me a few things I can do to overcome the Black dogs.
(Read all about the Black dogs in the Youblisher booklet Sprite and Black Dog http://www.youblisher.com/p/10553-Sprite-and-Black-Dog/ )
And anyway I was feeling happy because Imaginational said that I could hope for good programs.”
“But it must be very disheartening to keep advocating for gifted and 2E students and giving the same message for years on end and still finding that attitudes are not changing! “
“In a way I suppose the Black Dogs were also trying to get at me by attacking Columbus; because if he gets too disheartened he might stop advocating and then I certainly wouldn’t get good provisions and I would get depressed too!”