Reversing Underachievement Among Gifted Black Students, 2nd Edition

Dick Kantenberger – “Blacks represent some 20% of public school enrollment, they constitute only 4% of students who perform at the 95th percentile or above on standardized test”, says Dr. Donna Y. Ford in her recently released 2nd edition of Reversing Underachievement Among Gifted Blacks, published by Prufrock Press, Inc.

However, it has been known for over 200 years that potential giftedness is equally distributed  among all races and cultures. So how do we account for this clearly unequal distribution in our public schools?

Dr. Ford goes on to say “Giftedness has been defined and identified by performance on intelligence tests whose unquestionable analogy is ‘the higher the IQ score, the higher the intelligence’. However, Gallagher and Weiss (1985) argued that each culture defines giftedness in its own image, and Sternberg (2007) noted that giftedness in one culture may be different for another culture”

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January 19th, 2011

Staff Reporter

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