Before I had children, I did not really see how the gifted and talented classes really benefited the students over regular classes. To me, it was just a way to make kids that were not as bright as the other students feel worse about themselves, and separate the students that the teachers and school administration wanted to see do well in life. I was very naive about the school system actually worked, and as soon as my own kids started school, my attitude changed entirely!
When my son entered the first grade, he was tested, and my wife and I were informed that he had qualified to take part in gifted and talented classes. My wife was ecstatic, but as I have previously mentioned, I did not like the idea. This would mean that for a couple of classes each day, he would be separated from some of this best friends, and for what? Because my son happened to score a little bit higher on the test than some of his friends did? I was not having it.