I was interested to read the post by Joyful Learner about parenting gifted kids. It ended with a poem that had the words, “I have learned it's OK to say the word ...gifted.”
I have a divided opinion on the subject. In my country we didn’t have gifted testing, but we did have something similar to magnet schools here. My school was “math focused”, but we did have kids with different degrees of talent – some were extremely gifted in math, some were average at best. I don’t recall, however, that anyone in my childhood used “gifted” word. And I think it was to the best, especially after reading the article The Gifted Child’s Curse. It’s pretty short and very much to the point. I really liked cautionary words to parents that Alison George voiced in this interview: “If you label a child gifted when they are not, the child has a most terrible burden”. She also puts things in perspective, “Most talented adults - be they scientists or entrepreneurs - were never identified as gifted as children.”
For me the really interesting part of this article was in the end where she was talking about potential pitfalls for gifted learners. She specifically called acceleration as a bad idea, and I happen to agree with this assessment. To me acceleration is kind of like a race to nowhere – I would love her to be the kid as long as possible and enjoy navigating her school years with her age.