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The Education Gadfly

Differentiation, tracking, and the needs of high-achievers are hot topics these days, thanks in part to Fordham's recent study Do High Flyers Maintain Their Altitude? Performance Trends of Top Students. Mike Petrilli kept the conversation going with Kansas City talk radio show host Greg Knapp yesterday morning?listen in here?discussing the study's findings, the decline of gifted education, and the great potential of online courses for exceptional students. ?Today in our schools it's considered elitist even to consider having gifted programs or honors programs, and we've got to push back against that,? said Mike.? Without those challenging classes, Mike warned, ?the high achieving kids stop performing because they're bored to tears."

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