Originally posted by BR
IEPs (Individualized Education Plans) should not be made for retarded kids. The time, effort, and resources used to create and execute them make no economic sense due to the scarcity of said time, effort, and resources. It should be directed to those that will provide the most return on investment: gifted children. Gifted children are our future. We need to prioritize THEM.
I'm curious what you consider a gifted child? What age do you propose that the determination be made that a child is gifted. What criteria would you feel comfortable using?
I was involved in the pilot program for gifted children, many years ago, in the area I grew up in. We were tested in Grade 5 and then spent one week of each month, for the next six years, at another school doing intensive work in a different area of study each month.
As of last year, of the 19 of us involved from the beginning, there were: 3 waiters (2 of whom are also actors), 1 database programmer, 1 writer, 3 housewives, 1 surfer (non-professional), 1 lawyer, 1 podiatrist, 1 controller, and 2 unemployed web designers. We've lost track of the others.
I'm not sure that the ROI is for our group. It doesn't sound like it's much different than the ROI for a typical group of children in a regular class. Actually, the ROI for our group is likely lower than a typical group of children considering how much money was spent to keep us interested.
How do you propose that a business plan for gifted education be implemented? What would be considered a ROI, above that of a typical class, that would justify the added expenditure? How do you calculate human potential based on a series of academic tests? Is academic development more important than social development at an early age?
Call me an asshole as much as you want. I stand by everything I've written. I hope, for their sake, that you never have a child with any form of disability.
You are the one characterizing mentally handicapped children as 'vegetables'. You are the one who is reducing them to dollars and cents. You are the one who has already relegated them to working in fast food restaurants.
The karma train will eventually pull into your station.