Hope this search reaches you.
I've been thinking about your request and would
like to take the opportunity to share. I am also interested in the Gifted
program and wonder if there's any way down the road I could get involved in
research. I do have a personal interest in the IDENTIFICATION, SUPPORT,
EDUCATIONAL PROCESS OF THE GIFTED as well as PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES AFTER the
educational process is complete. I do have a MSED in Education (USC), MA in
Psychology of Counseling, and PhD in Aesthetic Psychology.
I would like to invite as a co-speaker my dearest
gifted friend, Larry Lovett. Larry is truly gifted and naturally articulate in
front of groups, having earned a Masters in Art Education at ivy Columbia U,
NYC. However he never fit into the educational system here, sticks to
struggling with his art on the North Shore, and at 62 struggles with his
father's rejection (father has masters from Northwestern and U. Chicago) as a
loser in life for becoming a life long artist. I thought of him
because he is very verbal what he thinks of the educational system here,
especially for the gifted and the special ed types as majority rules here when
it comes to curriculum planning - so he says. He would be willing to
share his paintings too.
Your call stimulated theoretical interest in just
what is "gifted." For me it meant a lifetime of struggle and
misunderstanding. My 2 sons were identified at Kamioiki as Gifted, the
first in academics and the second in art. They are moving now in
different directions academically. I wonder now if you research has identified
the misfit gifted, not necessarily identified by classroom supremacy or by
obviously better drawing ability but merely by PERSONALITY? Larry and
myself could serve as sampling from the "Blacksheep Gifted" type. Is
there such a category? For such, life can be a lifelong struggle to
adapt to the system, to make ends means, to continue to make the sacrifice of
financial gain and security over intellectual freedom. Tough in America.
Then again, there's the strong willed one like me which tries to be successful
at both opposing goals within one short lifetime.
I currently am invited to write a paper for the
Hawaii Dental Association Journal on what's it's like to live a dual life, as
fellow dentist with all its philosophical trappings, and as a dedicated
'serious' artist, which this flock cannot begin to comprehend or would
careless to understand. I knew this from the beginning, that I'd live a
life on the social periphery of dental society when I was a mere dental
student. I did directed research on "art appreciation comparisons
of medical, dental, and art students." Right then and there I knew
it would be a lonely life within the field.
I'm thinking of writing a paper just for you.
Case study. For the perspective of a teacher. What do you think?
Maybe it's not too late (59) to find a more
satisfying job, though I doubt the pay would be the same.
By the way insight to my kids' potential comes
from my own personal life experience. Hopefully I do a better job than my
parents, their schools. Rochelle, 13, is gifted in ballet but there is
absolutely no special ed school that she could attend to develop her abilities
as required at this early age. So I PAY $350 A MONTH (plus Punahou) for
after school lessons to provide her this educational opportunity so that her
dream (which I realize can change overnight) of becoming a 'professional
ballerina' (in some other city; our professional ballet company went defunct) has
a chance to be realized.
Please do direct me to any web sites on the gifted
to refresh knowledge on what's going on today is special ed. What is the
mission of the DOE's Human Resources dept?
Rodney Chang, Kalani '63