Tammy - posted on 02/24/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )
My daughter is highly gifted and lucky enough to get into a publically funded high school for gifted children. I got into a conversation at work with a guy who pays for his daughter to go to a Catholic school. I also pay tuition and room and board but it is based on income and the whole school is state funded (Awsome I think!!) My friend said that the school should not recieve any funding as it is a private school since not anyone can go there. I say that anyone can apply, you just have to meet the criteria of being gifted. Not everyone recieve special ed in school you have to spend the resources on children that meet the criteria. Schools do not spend money on extra classes and teachers for B student's even though anyone would benefit from extra help, they only spend the money on the children who are failing or have learning disablities. I said all children need to be taught at their own level what ever it is. He then got very offended and said it was horrible to suggest that my daughter was comparable to the poor children with learning disabilities that "couldn't help how they were born". I clarified that I just thought that all children deserved education that allowed them to reach their full potential what ever that may be (I have 2 children with ADDone son is failing cause of it and my gifted daughter is one and a child with Selective Mutism). He then said well I guess you think your daughter is just better than everyone else and desrves things handed to her on a silver platter cause she's gifted. I was hurt by this and looked to a friend for back up asking "do you have a problem with the state spending money to give gifted children the education they deserve?" and he said yes, the state shouldn't have to pay for your daughters schooling. Wow!! Does anyone else get this type of attitude.