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Classroom Challenge (Exceptional Children) (Part II) #293938

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 02, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(NYC) Vince Lombardi quoted; increase funding for gifted students and various programs enacted as result examined. [Bruno BETTELHEIM - fears such special programs entice best teachers away from poor learners who need them] Arkansas's new approach cited as example of public school system's attempt. [Governor William CLINTON - notes state's economy future rests with intellectual, rather than physical,-abilities of residents.] "Quiz Kids" recalled; increase opposition to reliance on intelligence tests and the like noted. [University of Connecticut spokesperson Joseph RENZULLI - explains limitations of intelligence quotient tests.] Jonathan Libby and Paula Peters cited as exs.; his performance on intelligence quotient tests versus real life, such as inventing the lawnmower shoe, discussed. ["Gifted Children Newsletter" spokesperson James ALVINO - discusses related factors contributing to child's exceptional intellectual abilities.] [Ruth Duskin FELDMAN - thinks gifted children often suffer emotional stress from label.] Feldman, as Ruthie Duskin, recalled participant on "Quiz Kids"; scenes shown. [FELDMAN - notes precocious children were viewed as the oddball.] Efforts to incorporate gifted students into mainstream said illustrated by New Haven program. [Simon's Rock College spokesperson Leon BOTSTEIN - fears current attention to exceptional children will be passing fad.]
REPORTER: Charles Osgood

Osgood, Charles;
Rather, Dan

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