Who’s really “gifted” in America? It’s mostly NOT rich children—as this new documentary will show (if you help pay for it)

Danielle Holke, who used to work with me, alerted me to a project that she’s working on called THE G WORD as she thought you might like to know about it. It’s a documentary that explores the topic of gifted and talented education in the United States, framed by the inquiry: “In the 21st century, who gets to be ‘gifted’ in America and why?”

“Defying popular myths that assume most gifted people are wealthy, white, and will do fine on their own, THE G WORD reveals the economic, cultural and gender diversity of our nation’s gifted and talented population at every stage of life, highlighting their educational challenges, social isolation, and deep emotional sensitivities. It puts a face to the physical threats experienced by many in our schools and society at large. It also reveals a large and lively community of people around them working hard to meet their needs while challenging the prejudice that comes with being labeled ‘smart’ …”

Last week they released a mini-documentary called ZIP CODE 85349 about a rural border community in Arizona that consistently outperforms its more affluent counterparts and it received 20,000 views in just a few days, generating hundreds of comments and much debate. Next week they’re releasing a mini-doc about an inspiring educator in Baltimore working to identify giftedness in the city’s African-American communities.

If this is a topic that interests you, THE G WORD team is raising money to finish the film. Watch the videos and learn more here:

They have some interesting rewards for people who pledge, inscribed books from author Dave Eggers, and a variety of consultations with experts in the field, etc.

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