On September 22, 2018, I was delighted and honored to be a part of the NUMATS (Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search) Celebration at the Discovery Center in Madison, WI. At this celebration, Northwestern, the Center for Talent Development, and the WI Association for Talented and Gifted collaborated in honoring some of Wisconsin’s finest academically talented youth in grades 4-9. All of these students were honored for their extremely high scores on out-of-level testing, such as the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. What a fine day that was, and what a testimony to the academic prowess and readiness of these honorees!
As I watched the ceremony, I began wondering about total preparation and readiness for college, the work force, and adult life, and I began to think about what adult skills all high school graduates should possess -- skills that transcend the academic realm. I remembered reading this article A Stanford dean on adult skills every 18-year-old should have — Quartz, written by Julie Lythcott-Haimes, a dean at Stanford University. Ms. Lythcott-Haimes is also the author of a New York Times best-seller entitled How to Raise an Adult. Here are some of her tips, and some of my observations from my 42 years of parenting, and 47 years of teaching:
So...as I marveled at all of the amazing talent assembled in the room at the NUMATS celebration, my hope for those young people, and for all young people, was that they become 18-year olds fully prepared for all aspects of life. Their futures depend on it. And our sense of pride in their accomplishments depend on it, too.
As always, I hope that you will share your thoughts and comments with me and others. Together we learn and grow.
Past President, WATG
Gifted in Perspective
A column designed to link the gifted perspective to other perspectives, and to make you think.