Myth: Gifted students are nearly always from upper middle class professional families.
Fact: Gifted students are from diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Fact: Without guidance and support, gifted students may lose motivation or underachieve.
Fact: In order for gifted students to maintain high levels of achievement, teachers must make curricular adjustments. Without appropriate modifications, gifted students may develop behavior problems.
Fact: Gifted students will not always achieve, especially if unmotivated.
Fact: Gifted students are often ostracized socially, especially at the secondary level.
Fact: Giftedness is fragile. Every child deserves an education that is appropriate to individual needs. Children at both extremes of the ability spectrum need special education.