posted on Jan, 14 2013 @ 05:11 PM
I was in it, too, in the 70's. Three generations of gifted program in my family. My mom was in it early on, grew up in California but had frequent
trips to Texas for no immediately discernible reason. Family has some footage of her and her sibling at SMU as children from a long, long time ago.
The fact that I was in it made her nervous. She both hated it and loved it. Was kind of a weird dynamic to grow up with.
I've been looking into the programs for a while now. Many based their gifted student identification on Renzulli--iq and creativity plus some
"other" quality. Games were big in them (from puzzles to logic grids to actual game manufacture) and I'm guessing were used to teach game theory
(monstrous scaled cause and effect). Piaget's theories were also a popular choice for program development as well as Dabrowski's theories of
positive disintegration. Someone said earlier on this thread that we were taught how to think and not what to think. I think that's very true based
on what I've seen. I think that also may play a role in why not all of us went down the traditionally accepted paths. We probably have our own
unique set of values in life and don't necessarily equate success with being equivalent to having a lot of money, status, or fame.
In the 60's and the 70's, it would seem that the creativity movement really got thoroughly embedded into the programs. Some seriously sketchy things
were being discussed in that time period in the Gifted Child's Quarterly, particularly from Dr. Stanley Krippner. Even the president of the NAGC,
John Curtis Gowan, had some pretty whacked out seeming ideas in regards to the gifted and he was involved with the NAGC until 1980, I believe. The
Creativity Movement was kind of a spin off of the Psychedelic Movement. I kind of see it as the phd laden big word equivalency of it and definitely
explained my anathema from all things New Age or Hippy, lol. It kind of back fired in my case, lol.
Memories of tests--both mental and physical--are probably going to be common amongst us. Identifying the physiological differences of the gifted seem
to have been a keen interest over the last 100 years. If you do a search on google scholar, you can find loads of abstracts on a variety of research
involving gifted students, including physiological testing (EEGs and more). In regards to it being a special education program, there is some truth
to that, too. They were concerned about that fine line between genius and madness. I don't personally think that we are at a higher risk of mental
illness than the more normative groups. It's just those times that we do break down that it has the potential of becoming a greater tragedy.
That's just my opinion though.
Anyways, thought I would chime in and give some of the names of things that I identified in the gifted program that might interest others on this
thread. If I can think of anything else that I found and forgot to mention, I'll toss it in. I'm not a former teacher or anything--just another
former(?) gifted like a lot of you.
P.S. To the rabbit hole/Heroes woman--funny that you should say that about that tv show. There's been a whole lot of shows about gifted out there
over the last couple years, many obviously amped up to make them more spectacular. I think a lot of them were probably inspired by the gifted
programs (even Heroes) as it traces back to some of the whacky Creativity movement ideas.