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Destination Success: Raising a Self-Actualized Adult not a Straight “A” Student

From Gifted Research and Outreach

Dr. Joanna Haase and Sharon Duncan

Some gifted children are simply not interested in academics. As a parent, it can be disillusioning to look at your child, who is capable of excelling in virtually any subject they choose, but lacks the motivation to perform in any subject at all. While there are many reasons, a gifted student may not thrive in an educational environment, in some cases, all the accommodations in the world, endless parent/teacher meetings, 504 plans, bribes, and threats, fail to make a difference. Frustrated and confused, parents and educators sometimes invest so much time and energy trying to find solutions to “school” problems, that they lose sight of the larger goal of raising the child into a capable adult.

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