Being labeled as a “gifted child” already suggests so much pressure on the child. Based on mere definition, a gifted child was defined as an individual with an IQ of 140 or higher. However, this was contradicted by other prominent psychologist’s view that giftedness is inherited rather than acquired hence, the long-running debate of “Nature versus Nurture”. For some, a gifted child is able to showcase exceptional talent in a particular area. While others believed that giftedness has something to do with inherited traits developed as the person develops greater achievement until adulthood.
The child psychologist, Louis Porter of Flinders University in Australia, presented 12 Myths of Gifted Education in her research work.
Parents tend to overestimate their children. Most parents claim that their children are gifted. There are also parents who tend to heavily rely on teachers to accurately point out who are those gifted children in class. This further leads to misconception that parents may acknowledge the giftedness of their children but the teacher’s observation of the child can validate whether he exhibits signs of giftedness. There are certain aspects of giftedness that parents see in their children while there are things that only teachers can see in their students. Either way, both parents and teachers may only define giftedness on the academic level. Giftedness can be multifaceted and this is something that parents and teachers may tend to overlook.
On the other hand, there are various famous personalities that were called “gifted” but in the history of their childhood did not perform well academically and some are even school drop outs.
For instance, Mozart is well-known for being musically gifted but there are limited studies which noted his excellence in academics while he was a child. He was even fond of dazzling costumes and gross ‘bathroom humor’.
Another example would be Vincent Van Gogh who is very popular with his million dollar paintings. Those who knew Van Gogh called him dumb and teased him as “The Caveman”. Consequently, a group of researchers introduced the creative accomplishment perspective. This provides an idea that creativity is not merely being naturally creative but is something developed over time.
A creatively gifted person needs to be exposed to the different materials that will hone his talents aside from mere IQ. It is about time that stereotyping who is the gifted child and who is not should be eradicated. In this changing world, IQ is not only about scores in exam and scholastic aptitude. Rather, IQ is actually multifaceted thus, children do not have to suffer the misconceptions that parents and teachers impose in their minds and personality.