Nicholas Colangelo, Susan Assouline, Miraca Gross. If you’re a parent of a bright child and you’ve read these authors, good on ya! If you haven’t, an introduction is in order.
Drs. Colangelo, Assouline and Gross have, collectively, dedicated more than 130 years to the field of education and are among the world’s foremost researchers on academic acceleration in schools. Former classroom teachers all, they co-authored the landmark 2004 Templeton Report on acceleration, “A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students.” To download the report, click [insert link: www.nationdeceived.org]. Volume I is an especially quick read, and the resources for parents and educators in Appendix F alone are a great go-to list for academic acceleration and enrichment.
The report is as relevant in 2014 as when initially released. It provides insight on topics ranging from starting school early, to grade skipping, talent searches, advanced placement, the financial side of acceleration, and more.
I have had the privilege of meeting both Dr. Colangelo and Dr. Assouline at education conferences during the last couple of years. I found these eminent professors generous and approachable. Their work is approachable too. I won’t say that anything bad will happen to you if you don’t read the report and pass it on to at least five people, or that you’ll meet the love of your life if you do, but for parents looking into acceleration or enrichment, it will be more than worth the time invested. Chances are, you’re an accelerated reader