Everyone's Gifted, Is The Program Name Telling Otherwise?

Everyone's Gifted, Is The Program Name Telling Otherwise?

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Maya Flowers-Glass started this petition to Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education and

Hi, I'm Maya. I'm a fifth grader in Atlanta Public Schools, and I am in the 'Gifted' program. My friend Somi and I believe that the Gifted and Talented Development Program separates one student from another, making them feel less important and smart than others. It makes students feel that they don't have any gift, or talent, just because of a name. We are discouraging students, not letting them grow.

   Now, is it that they don't have a gift, or are not allowed to find that gift? That is another problem and a big one. The school system has not changed in the last 100 years, is built for the farmer, not for this new, changing world. Many things need changing, and this is one of them. Changing the program's name will make students feel less excluded and not feel as bad about themselves not being in the program. Though it is just a name, many students have told me that when they came on the intercom and told all gifted students to report to the class, that it was degrading. Even a simple change such as this can help solve a much larger problem.

   I feel bad every time I mention the name in front of a classmate. because I know how much just a simple title of a class can set a student's mind to think that they are not worthy or not good enough as the students titled 'gifted'. Gifted and talent development... So what are kids that aren't in the program? Are they just not talented, not gifted? My team and I can tell you one thing: Those kids are gifted, but not any more than any student in this district. Please, support us in changing the name of the program by signing our petition.
 

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