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By Jay Mathews

Can gifted classes really work?

Published on Jun 18, 2014 11:46 AM
Great teachers know how to nudge potential original thinkers in the right direction, and these students must be given time and space to explore and do what they like. -- ST FILE PHOTO

I AM among those people who think gifted education classes are usually a waste of time and money.

It's better to give super-bright kids a library card or a computer with a Web connection and get out of their way.

Unfortunately, there is no research proving me wrong or right. So I have gone the unscientific route.

I asked four original thinkers how much their schooling contributed to their success.

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