To every parent, a child is a gift from above, but sometimes that precious bundle comes with a quality that is not fully understood _ giftedness. The word is interpreted differently for each individual, and that's only fair, as each gifted child is an individual and should not be generalised as nerds, geeks, weird or even as a genius.
Perhaps it's due to Albert Einstein. When speaking of a very bright person, often a scientist, the image that immediately pops up in is that of an odd-looking man whose wild hair had never met a comb. TV commercials portray ``smart'' children by putting thick glasses on them (are those with contact lenses less smart?). Some commercials even suggest that regular children can become little geniuses by drinking brain-boosting milk. But in actuality, giftedness, whether natural or nurtured, is something much harder to define and far from what the media portrays.
``There are lots of different definitions of giftedness, which adds to the confusion surrounding the word,'' commented Dr Selena Gallagher, exceptional learner manager at New International School of Thailand (NIST).
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