Truthful Classroom: Gifted, Talented, Stultified

When I was in secondary school, in the Blair Years, I was a product of New Labour’s focus on Gifted and Talented pupils. At the time this gave me – a working class boy whose parents’ traditional slightly DailyMaily attitudes manifested in me as unblinking compliance – the chance to feel superior to those of my peers who, by whatever subjective decision-making process took place, were not judged to be bright. Gifted and Talented was almost exclusively just a social thing – we did very little of substance, just gathered together once a week. This lack of action, aside from separating ‘the top’ from the rest, only adds to the sense that such groups have eugenic underpinnings.

via Truthful Classroom: Gifted, Talented, Stultified.



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