Opportunities Provided, Opportunities Taken: Providing Early Talent Development Opportunities is Critical for Diversifying Gifted Education — Frank C. Worrell
Monday, May 20, 2024, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Lawrence D. McHugh Hall, Room 101
Gifted education is frequently criticized for its lack of diversity, with explanations ranging from structural racism to teacher bias and unfair tests. Indeed, several universities, including the University of California system, have dropped the SAT and ACT from their admissions criteria. The individuals who focus on test bias frequently ignore the fact that the educational disparities present in tests like the SAT and ACT are also present in all educational outcomes including achievement tests and GPA. The recent Supreme Court decision outlawing the use of race in college admissions has once again highlighted the issue of educational disparities generally and showcased the need to tackle the issue of underrepresentation of people of color and low-income individuals in selective educational contexts. In this presentation, Dr. Worrell will discuss the issue of educational disparities in selective contexts, showcase the commonly accepted explanations and show why they are incomplete, and argue for the use of a talent development approach from early in the educational trajectory to begin to address the difficult and long-term task of diversifying gifted education programs.