Why can parents of athletically
gifted kids brag about their accomplishments on the
playing field and send them to all-state competitions
and then to the Olympics but our brightest minds have
to keep their talents low-key? If my son was a great
baseball player would that mean everyone else in his
class or school or town should feel bad because
they're not as good at the game? Then why does saying
"My son is smart" mean everyone else must be stupid?
I've been frustrated by this for a long time.
Maybe it goes all the way back to being separated into
reading groups in first grade. Everyone knew who the
smart kids and the dumb kids were, even if you called
them the "Bluebirds" and the "Cardinals" instead of
Groups A, B and C. Parents seem to think that ability
grouping is some sort of unassailable caste system and
that those of high ability necessarily look down on
everyone who doesn't measure up. Is this part of the
victimization culture we live in?