Gifted Phoenix Twitter Round-up: Number 3


This is the third in my series of monthly round-ups of @GiftedPhoenix Twitter activity related to gifted education and associated subjects.

It covers the period from 15 December 2011 to 11 January 2012 inclusive.

I am still experimenting with the best way to collate and present this information. On this occasion I have opted for fairly comprehensive coverage but have divided tweets into three categories, each presented in chronological order:

  • News items on gifted education outside the UK
  • News and comment on issues pertinent to gifted education within the UK
  • Research and opinion

I have only included tweets that contain a hyperlink to another source. (I haven’t rechecked that all these work, so apologies if you encounter any broken links.)

The vast majority are my own tweets; a handful are modified tweets or retweets of originals sent by others. I have stripped out all addresses and hashtags. I have also corrected a few typos – otherwise the wording is unchanged.

If you have any feedback about how I could improve the usefulness of these Twitter round-up posts, do please use the comments facility below.

Global News

Kenya’s Talent Development Programme reaches Mombasa – http://t.co/aN5V89oM

Presentation outlining the differentiated maths curriculum in Singapore’s gifted primary programme – http://t.co/CaojtBKg

An interview with Miraca Gross – http://t.co/rCpOypwW

Filipino gifted education – http://t.co/komMoOGs – Apparently the gifted are considered ‘a laughing minority in any country’!

Does the US education system discriminate against high achievers? – http://t.co/hu6OWAl8 – An uncomfortable read…

A database of presentations accepted for the 2012 giftEDnz conference – http://t.co/AOJcK4Bk

Begavede barn er oftere deprimert http://t.co/vAI9mXZi A perception I don’t really share from Norway

21/12 LEGCO question on HK Academy for Gifted Education including primary support: http://t.co/Oa8MFaUX Answer not yet in Hansard

Ingenius Scholarships awarded to 1000 Indian students with ‘all-round talent’ – http://t.co/VHTF8AgW

Twice Exceptional Newsletter 21 December 2011 – http://t.co/m33inX18

An interview with the Philippine Association for the Gifted – http://t.co/g6omzYYj

Kuwait’s National Center for #Gifted signs MOU with the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation – http://t.co/Xg8FB52W

Interview with Elaine Tuttle Hansen – new Director of CTY at Johns Hopkins: http://t.co/haaEhmxU

What is the relationship between Massachusetts’ strong educational record and a limited approach to gifted education? http://t.co/2KinF116

Press release on the January ICIE/Dubai Women’s College conference on Excellence in Education – http://t.co/qdp42fX1

Comprehensive German perspective on gifted provision at pre-school level – http://t.co/i63ra9vN

Who Is Currently Identified as Gifted in the United States? http://t.co/Xlx0XZ3x

Dropout Nation takes on those claiming that NCLB held back high attainers -and takes a sideswipe at gifted education: http://t.co/vIONxkyX

African Gifted makes national news in Zanzibar! http://t.co/mmoHvhiH

Blog sensibly suggests CTY should collaborate with JHU’s school of education: http://t.co/uqHRhIbW – Often wondered why they haven’t

Azerbaijan is considering the introduction of a range of different specialist schools for gifted learners – http://t.co/picmiuRp

Azerbaijan is also considering following Kazakhstan in introducing a centre for ifted children (actually a ‘bank’) – http://t.co/KCawGemV

Article about Verity Prep, a school for gifted children in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa – http://t.co/CDJBIZb8

Twice Exceptional Newsletter 9 January 2012 – http://t.co/4Yp8Fvpv

Nova Scotia Summit Gifted Education & Talent Development – NEAG on tour in NS! http://t.co/NyLmuVhQ

The Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children on Facebook – Gifted education from around the world http://t.co/Ty1TPq7G

UK News

Percentage of KS2 pupils achieving L5 in both English and maths fell from 23% in 2010 to 21% in 2011: http://t.co/8X8bw4Lv

Only 72% of KS1 pupils with L3+ in KS1 achieve KS2 L5 English; comparable figure for maths is 84% – http://t.co/8X8bw4Lv (Table 5)

Only 61% of pupils with L3+ in KS1 English and maths combined achieve L5+ in KS2 English and maths combined – http://t.co/V1FUZCdy

So a staggering 39% of KS1 pupils at L3 in both Eng and maths are not making the expected progress across KS2: http://t.co/V1FUZCdy

HUGE variation by school in percentage of pupils with KS1 L3+ in Eng and ma achieving level 5+ in both at KS2: http://t.co/bgCDkxq0

My comments on today’s league tables blog by Polly Curtis here – http://t.co/XmFax0n2 – are here – http://t.co/ock9iCPE

Daily Mail on underachieving high achievers in primary schools – http://t.co/kCjrTCSA – but will ‘shining a light’ improve matters?

Are primary schools failing clever kids? http://t.co/RIbVcc92 Many condone gifted underachievement. So what will we do about it?

I accept DfE’s denial of ex independent selective academies: http://t.co/4LuNKlsc but I don’t see what Roskilly gains by making it up…

The Concord Review publishes secondary students’ academic research – http://t.co/hxyaVoHN – Would DfE/BIS support GT Voice to do the same?

Positive for Youth (para 4.30): ‘The NC Review…will take account of the needs of…the most able’: http://t.co/Zl7bdZLW

Time to stop ability labelling? http://t.co/fHIRvS0U No levels or sets and, for consistency, mustn’t we ditch eg SEND labelling?

Read Ingotian’s tight treatment on shifting the bell curve. How many realistically will be left sub C? http://t.co/RlTjHEei

Looks like another satisfied customer for London Gifted and Talented – http://t.co/fxGZfsSr

London Academy of Excellence (16-19 free school for gifted disadvantaged) now has its own website – http://t.co/kxczYCSf

London Academy of Excellence now asking only 5Bs at GCSE; seems to have dropped all criteria for disadvantage: http://t.co/lI4CX70V

But London Academy of Excellence still only offering 12 A level subjects – http://t.co/b1ir03Y4 – Verdict: a good idea much diluted

Compare with original LAE vision here: http://t.co/gPQXZS8m – that could have increased FSM flow to Oxbridge. Not now I fear

I guess the all-through School 21 will be a direct competitor: http://t.co/7aiYeKwd – Were both after the same premises at one time

The full text of Willetts’ speech at Policy Exchange this morning can be found here: http://t.co/ouALCqLq

Baroness Campbell: Olympic legacy for youth sport needs proper funding http://t.co/cRLHas9v

This preview of Twigg’s speech today suggests he might espouse progression by ability rather than age: http://t.co/xuEthClM Hope so

Further suggestions that the case against Aim Higher was less robust than claimed by Government – http://t.co/5Wq7AZ8k

Profile of Langley Hall Free School – http://t.co/djWDzxCB – ‘Every child has some talent’ but they must all learn to play the violin!

The full text of yesterday’s Twigg speech: http://t.co/yGb1Cs03 How does it relate to emerging Labour policy thinking announced by Burnham?

Grammar annexes would be useful if they enabled GS to take in lots more learners eligible for the pupil premium – http://t.co/bPiRLC3x

This plea for an end to ‘ability labels’ will run up against the new tripartite division in school performance tables – http://t.co/iamEoMr1

This Statement of Intent tells you how the primary + secondary performance tables are constructed: http://t.co/dfHaj78P

There’s an interesting difference between maths and English on the expected progress measure at KS2 – http://t.co/d4HfCb0N

Ahh! Regression to the mean again! Don’t think I ever saw the promised Feinstein defence of his diagram http://t.co/bGIEiAra

State schools should be more ambitious for their pupils – http://t.co/Kmhbpdcu – improved teaching standards are also key

What’s the best way for the independent sector to support social mobility?http://t.co/AxzSlgSr We need system-wide consensus

Direct link to DCMS’s new Youth Sports Strategy – http://t.co/jlidtZKo – a partial reinvention of PESSCL or a new approach?

Primary Performance Tables: in 15 schools 20% or more pupils at L3 at KS1 were still at L3 4 years later: http://t.co/PHp9OhKk

The Miliband relaunch speech – http://t.co/AzBIjSs3 – despite the theme, explicit commitments on social mobility are conspicuously absent

Benn analysis of contemporary selection fails to overlay academy/non-academy distinction or play in 16-19 free schools http://t.co/IUcYY4MP

Guardian has been let in on the Cambridge admissions process to see how it really works http://t.co/PLK6pkUS

Jowell calls for School Sports Coordinators to be retained to support new Youth Sports Strategy – http://t.co/1cIsIToW

Thorough coverage of Sevenoaks Grammar Annex story in Telegraph – http://t.co/xXOlwn8V – What price virtual grammar school annexes?

News at a Glance: Grammar schools move to introduce catchment areas – http://t.co/yOEURNPa

The Advocate for Access does his bit to get those last HE applications in before the 15 Jan deadline – http://t.co/8tWwBTuh

We have to nurture our ICT talent – http://t.co/DF3ek24p – Amen to that! Haven’t seen much yet about this dimension

Research and Opinion

Tiger mothers, Wolf dads and the reality of Chinese parenting – http://t.co/la7f98z6 – penned by the beautifully nomenclatured ‘Berlin Fang’

Yong Zhao restores some faith in education academics with this on PISA as a measure of ‘forced excellence’: http://t.co/AfRaTSLi

Continuing that theme, here’s Frederick Hess on ‘the new stupid’ part 1 – http://t.co/W46y7w3A r

Direct link to ONS’s fascinating analysis of UK human capital and why it’s begun to decline – http://t.co/rrQVsP71

The benefits of being gifted – http://t.co/Rfz1J4Cn (warning – rather checklisty)

An interview with Frank Worrell about that controversial ‘Rethinking Giftedness’ paper – http://t.co/TGycLq0N

Gifted kids with learning problems (Psychology Today) – http://t.co/bpjW0ytK

The relationship between giftedness and creativity) Psychology Today – http://t.co/sKbWglB6

Achievement as a function of effort and the need for personalised education – http://t.co/QhJ65H0Q r

Study: IQ isn’t fixed at birth, can increase with education. http://t.co/oPD6O0hB

Wide-ranging blog post on school and creativity – http://t.co/QeXO6XZN

Why Don’t We Value Spatial Intelligence? – http://t.co/fpkckYuc

Is Intelligence in the Genes? http://t.co/akELro8y

Two interesting posts on ability bias and the returns to education – http://t.co/Na9Yu1sx and http://t.co/dHwKHhgd

It pays to extend your next 5 minute argument with your teenager to the full half hour – http://t.co/S11wER8H – but focus on quality too!

How about this, on the interaction between Confucianism and creativity? – http://t.co/V38Uoq1q

We aren’t evolving higher intelligence because the evolutionary opportunity costs are too high http://t.co/Uh2Xv5mn

Must One Risk Madness to Achieve Genius? http://t.co/YxevdmGw – An article packed full of fascinating material. Brilliant!

Intelligence: New Findings and Theoretical Developments, Nisbett et al: http://t.co/acL9jrwG – Valuable round-up of latest research

The Advantages of the Middle-Age Brain – http://t.co/blQqEL4b – much needed boost for those of a certain age!

Fascinating new report for US consumption on OFSTED inspection regime – http://t.co/7HN3e9O6 – even quotes my old mate Ceri Morgan!

Communicate high expectations carefully – http://t.co/9tKeEihj – Incidence of depression amongst high-achieving Chinese students

Schooling in adolescence increases IQ scores: http://t.co/vG5zFmOJ (but only the abstract not the full text)

GP

January 2012

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