The responses we received were poignant and powerful, but we'd like many more...in fact we'd like to hear from every gifted student in the state! We will continue accepting email responses at firstname.lastname@example.org throughout the school year and hope to hear from your students and children. Here are excerpts from the responses we received, a copy of which went to our State Legislators on March 14th.
RAISE YOUR VOICE STUDENT SUBMISSIONS
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Save me, I need opportunity
Don’t take away the right to be a GT.
Cause’ I think anyone deserves a chance,
No matter how big, no matter how small,
To spread their wings and fly.
Will Karls, 5th grade, McFarland School District, Dane County
Without challenging school work, smart students lose their motivation to learn.
Student, La Crosse County
The education system fails to recognize that we are people, not machines. And doesn’t that tell you something?
Chloe, Age 13, 8th grade, Poynette School District
I strongly believe there should be more classes offered in public schools where students can choose to challenge themselves.
Student, La Crosse County
Being in my gifted and talented class is the very best part of my day. I get to show what I know and be around people who are like me. It feels good to be acknowledged for my gifts. I know that some schools don’t have that and I am so thankful that my school does.
Elliana, Age 10, Grade 5, Walworth County
GT has given me a challenge. In my regular classes, most of the things we learn is review. Either we learned it in GT before, one of my parents taught it to me already, or it is review from the past year’s class. My GT teacher makes sure the GT kids have a challenge.
Kimmy, Age 11, Grade 5, Kenosha County
WHY GT IS IMPORTANT: If I didn’t have G.T. I would be stuck doing things that seem to easy for me. If we didn’t have G.T. then I would lose my knowledge since my G.T. teacher said “If you don’t use it you’ll lose it.”
….It helps us think outside the box.
Zach, Age 10, Grade 4, Kenosha County
Wisconsin GT students receive 27 cents per student to fund the activities in GT. The 300 million dollar surplus Wisconsin can now boast about should support the GT program here in Wisconsin.
Sam, Age 14, Grade 8, Randall Consolidated School, Kenosha County
I love G.T. It’s a chance to learn, a chance to be challenged.
When I think about my potential, a potential my normal teachers could never unlock, I get excited, thinking about what I can do. G.T. is helping to unlock that potential but I can’t unlock that with 27 cents. The only thing I can get with 27 cents, is a gumball and have two cents left over. How can I change the world with a gumball and two pennies?
Have you ever sat in on a middle school class? Look around. We’re the kids with our work done. We finished it twenty minutes ago. We are the ones staring aimlessly at the board, or counting the ceiling tiles for the seventh time that class. We need something. No, it’s not extra help from the teacher, but a challenge. We need a challenge. We yearn for knowledge. Look around, and notice.
Emily Hershelman, Age 13, Grade 7, Randall Consolidated School, Kenosha County