Are you "gifted"?

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Were you identified as "gifted" in school?

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  1. MSP

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    I know we have some smart guys around here, any of you ever identified as "gifted" in school? Advanced classes, LEAP or Visions programs, stuff like that?
  2. Cr@cKpiPe tE@sEr noOb!

    Cr@cKpiPe tE@sEr noOb! Not Just Handsome

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    I had gotten here from Colombia when I was 5 and thought "gifted" kids were the troubled ones, like mentally ill or violent. Then I realized what it was. In 2nd grade they told me I had the opportunity to be in gifted but that I didnt apply myself. I think they just tell that to every kid though to make 'em motivated.
  3. Lord Kain

    Lord Kain Keeper of the Timeline Staff Member

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    I was.

    At elementary school they suggested to my parents to make me skip one or a few years, my parents refused. The social development is also important.

    I was in an enriched program at high school. In college, I finished in the top 5 of my concentration. And at the university, I managed to gather 3 diplomas with only As.

    But on the outside, it doesn't show much. I don't look like a major dork, I don't brag about my capacities and I speak in a very common tongue. Yes, I can go technical and talk in a way that very few will understand, but why do it to show off.. ? it's annoying.
  4. MSP

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    Nah, they actually have special programs and classes at most schools. Back when I was in school the program was called LEAP, and for one or two periods a day a small group of kids would get accelerated or alternate lessons. There were even some college classes and seminars offered, etc.
  5. Chair

    Chair New Member

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    Technically yes, but I decided not to go for the special gifted class bullshit, mainly because it confined those students and was a hell of a lot more boring than school already was.
  6. thadood

    thadood I Am The Black Wizards

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    Could've been; I opted to stay in the normal classes because I fucking hate extra work.
  7. log1c

    log1c The Underwriter

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    I was in gifted programs in school. We called it SCORE in elementary school, SAGE in middle school. Then in high school, we just did Honors/AP work. I loved the SCORE program, we did logic puzzles, watched reading rainbow, learned in depth about greek mythology and the universe. I had to write a 4 research paper in the 3rd grade about black holes! It seemed pretty intense at the time.
  8. couturedharlot

    couturedharlot couture with a chaser

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    my schools didn't really have any of those programs. i guess you could say i was in the "higher" percentage of my classes. i was always in the top math class, reading class, yada yada yada. in high school did a couple APs. that's about it
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    I was told I was, and I should apply myself more.
    But, I am realllllly bad at taking tests and I don't think I am...
  10. MSP

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    I was in the gifted classes following my 4-5th grade IOWA test scores (or whatever the hell the standardized / IQ tests were back then). Amongst the nerds I was a bit of a standout though as I tended to be a troublemaker. For example, during my National Honor Society induction one of the parents came up to me to raise hell because I had put a tailpipe whistle on their daughter's car and they had it towed to a mechanic. :eek:

    Interesting responses though. I figured there were a bunch here at Tweak…
  11. superman

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    i smoked too much pot.
  12. SoulAssassin

    SoulAssassin Car Ramrod

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    I was considered gifted and skipped the 2nd grade (only to stay in 3rd twice to hang out with my friends again). I finished top 10% of my HS class and realized that I didn't need to work that hard in college once I got there since employers probably wouldn't care as long as you finished. My GPA actually rose the more I went to the bar and I finished with a 3.0.

    Most of the ppl I know wouldn't describe me as a nerd because as one of my friends said "that dude knows his shit about computers but you wouldn't know he's a nerd because he knows where 90% of the nfl players went to school."

    90% is a bit of an overstatement but since I played sports nobody really gave me the nerdy person shit.
  13. czechrboard tassia

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    Yeah, we had Advanced Learner (after school extra curriculars in stuff like music, creative writing etc) for elementary school; I did it 3-6th. In middle school we had the GATE program for math, science, and language arts. Did that 7th and 8th. High school was all pre-ap and AP classes. I graduated 14th in my high school class.
  14. MSP

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    I would have gladly traded 30-40 IQ points for more motivation and concentration. In retrospect I think I was (am) a little ADD. I ended up graduating 17th in my class, but the kicker was I didn’t take any books home after my freshman year. To me the greatest accolade was that I was voted Class Clown. The rest of that crap didn’t mean much.
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    In my school system they only offered advanced classes if you were capable in "every" subject. I was allways good at math but a tard when it came to english so I was never put in the advanced program in elementry school. Highschool spoke for itself....senior year I ended up with a bargain with guidance. They let me trade detention slips if I tutored the calculus kids who were failing.
  16. ThatHideousStrength

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    I was in Advanced Biology and Chemistry, and I forgot the other one... deals with the human body and I got D's in all those classes. I got a B in regular Physics. I made top 1/3 in my highschool. I would not say I'm gifted at all. I think I'm below average unless it deals with computers thats about the only thing I excel in.
  17. jake

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    I was valedictorian of my high school but I always refused the accelerated learning classes because I had too many sports on the go to give up more time.
    I think I tested in the top 0.4% of kids in Canada in math and logic when I graduated.
  18. NoseMaster

    NoseMaster Horrible Person

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    Same, haha. In high school my speech teacher asked me to participate in this Academic Decathalon thing (I think our school won or got close to it that year, too. They compete throughout the US), and I kept never getting back to her; finally saying that I'm a lazy bastard and didn't want to. She got really upset :(
  19. BrentN

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    If I ever did have a gift while I was in school, I never found it I'll tell you that much ;)

    I couldn't stand the fucking slacker kids who would dick around playing cards all class while I'm busting my ass trying to learn shit in math class, and when the test comes around they fucking ace it.

    They don't do shit all year, and they ace it...

    I remember that happening a few times in grade 9 and high school for that matter. Just drove me nuts.
  20. tex

    tex jive turkey

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    I think most of the kids in there are ADD to some degree. My district had a really strong program called Horizons, we were doing freshman algebra in 5th grade for math, and reading stuff like Lord of the Rings and junk. At my junior high our horizons class all did the Duke TIP program, and I think the lowest score was something like 1100. I got a 1410, one of my good friends (now on full scholarship for UT Plan II) got something like a 1490. I went to a fancy catholic private school for high school because my vice principal in jr high said I was a troublemaker and going no where in life. From there I started drinking and after taking the SAT 4 times, couldn't make over a 1360. I was also able to sleep through calculus in HS and do perfect, but now I have to study and stuff. So I *used* to be gifted. Now my head is some cocktail of booze and drugs, with a handful of functioning brain cells.
  21. bigwill51534

    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    I was in the advanced programs from 2nd grade on. It used to be known as the TAG (talanted and gifted) program, then carried over after 4th grade as SAGE (students achieving grade excellence). I was in advanced math and english classes all through school, until high school. Then I quit caring. I just did good enough to graduate, and even skipped biology and chemistry classes for the much easier Applied Physics (Principals of Technology 1 and 2). I was well known by every clique, though, and often associated with the druggies and lower class more than the preppies usually associated with the "gifted" classes.

    ~Will Courtier~
  22. mistawiskas

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    I got too bored with class and turned to causing the troubles. I was in a different school just about every year......we moved alot due to my dad getting transfered. Most of the elementry schools had no 'gifted' programs back then. I did attend a few schools that were 'level' schools and always excelled at work that was 3-5 grades higher than I was in. In high school, I only went to do the tests (too busy getting stoned and laughing), aced the tests but still only came out with a 'C' due to not attending. In Jr. high, I had the toughest time with algebra, until I found that all it was was just a way to write out what my head already did with numbers. I was given my HS diploma 1/4 way through sophmore year on the condition that my dad keep me away from the school. Had something to do with punching out the principal for giving me shit and putting his hands on me out at the "smoking tree'. A year later I had completed a journeymanship in baking and was rolling in the dough (pun).
    If I'd have applied myself and the resources were available, I'd probably been concidered gifted, but causing trouble was a shit load of fun and all's well that ends well. Besides, WTF would I do with a gazillion bux? My gifts probably would have contributed to the ultimate doomsday device/weapon.
  23. chapel

    chapel Jolly Bolly Fo-Folly Staff Member

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    In elementary school they put me in the gifted level, but I was too much of a trouble maker. I didnt really apply myself, not because it was hard, but because it was well too easy. I dont believe home work should be used in school, unless you need to study. I never studied and I hardly did homework, at least I didnt do it at home. I felt that homework was a teacher being lazy, I come to school to learn, not for you to hand me something to learn at home.

    I did do an AP science class that I loved. Just because it was one of the few classes that challenged me. But I got a D cause I didnt do homework. I chose not to continue on cause Im lazy as well. So I took regular science the next year, a year ahead because of the AP class, and aced it while skipping half of it and not doing home work.

    I find it sad to all the AP kids that work their asses off and have no social lives when really it doesnt get them anything more out of life...When I dont have to study or do homework and know the material better. Who is smarter then?
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    GATE: Gifted And Talented Education

    Got me out of class for 2 hours 3 times a week in elementary... Funny how I became much more apathetic in Highschool.
  25. MSP

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    At one point the vice principle gave me the now legendary "turkey / eagle" speech. Basically he said I had the talent to "soar like an eagle" but was acting like a "turkey"! My response? A Drano bomb taped to his office window. :twisted: