Project Bright Idea: Perfect Schools, Perfect Pupils?By
An evaluation of a North Carolina school program illustrates that better academic performance results from how we perceive kids. (Raleigh’s The News & Observer, March 26, by Jane Stancil http://www.newsobserver.com/) If we teach them as gifted and talented, they are likely to perform better even if originally categorized at-risk, according to a U.S. Department of Education report. This approach raised the number of kids identified as gifted from 15 to 20 percent in three years.
In North Carolina’s Fuquay-Varina High School, achievement gaps between white and black students decreased 6 percent over four years with this approach. Duke Professor Sandy Darity concludes that all kids can learn gifted behavior, according to the article. The pilot program Project Bright Idea has implications for schools across America, as well as the local Wake County schools where I live. Parents and school boards may debate about gaps, diversity and neighborhood schools, but now there is more evidence that a spiritual view of our students actually lifts labels of low achievement right off them. Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, and countless others have proven this.
Christian Scientists are often misunderstood for their conviction that kids, actually all of us, are created in God’s image and likeness, “perfect,” as Christ Jesus saw us to be. This perfection is not a human perfection, however, because there is no human perfection. But seen in our true spiritual nature as God sees us, we can demonstrate more of this spiritual perfection by a greater achievement of excellence here and now. It starts with how we see, identify, ourselves and others. Then wonderful new ways of teaching and relating to each other come to light. We are all gifted and talented!
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