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I wouldn't want my child anywhere near the new 'excellence' program

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Spend time with parents of school-age children and the conversation will sooner or later turn to gifted children. You’ll be told that the school curriculum is not stretching their child enough. All of which makes me think that the Victorian government is on to a political winner with their announcement of $60 million in funding for a Student Excellence Program.

Research suggests that treating or labelling kids as “excellent”, “gifted”, “high achievers”, or whatever other superlative you want to use, isn’t good for them.

The program, to be aimed at grades 5 to 8, will include online and face-to-face lessons as well as excursions and incursions to cultural and scientific institutions, such as universities, technical schools, the CSIRO, art galleries and zoos.

Good stuff, you might say, but I wouldn’t want my daughters anywhere near this.

The reason? Because research suggests that treating or labelling kids as........

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