Some Suggested Resources — books and articles


"A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America's Brightest Students" — the Templeton national report on acceleration. "America's schools routinely avoid academic acceleration, the easiest and most effective way to help highly capable students. While the popular perception is that a child who skips a grade will be socially stunted, fifty years of research shows that moving bright students ahead often makes them happy." Free at IRPA

"Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds" by Jan and Bob Davidson. "Gifted children forced into a 'one size fits all' approach to schooling find themselves bored or frustrated, which can lead to underachievement, behavioral problems, or depression. Without sufficient challenges and resources, America's brightest young minds languish, never reaching their full potential." Order online at Davidson Institute or at Amazon.

"Early Entrance to College: A Guide to Success" by Michelle C. Muratori, Ph.D. "This comprehensive guide, which incorporates the views of experts on early college entrance (ECE), ECE program administrators, early entrants, and their parents, is aimed at helping families navigate through the complex decision-making process. Factors affecting academic, social, and emotional adjustment to college are explored." (Review by the Davidson Institute.) Available at Amazon.

College at 13: Young, Gifted, and Purposeful by Razel Solow, PhD and Celeste Rhodes. "Is such radical acceleration helpful or harmful? This book describes 14 highly gifted, young women, now in their 30s, who skipped all or most of high school." "Gifted kids need academic challenge." "It doesn't harm them to leave home early." "Keeping them interested in learning is vitally important." Available at Amazon.

Complete Guide to Online High Schools: Distance Learning Options for Teens & Adults, by Thomas Nixon. "In the area of nontraditional high schooling and related issues, Thomas Nixon has no peer." "This book is extremely helpful. In the beginning, it tells you how to pick a school and what to look for. The remainder of the book is a listing of all the schools in the country and how the author ranks them." Available at Amazon.

High IQ Kids: Collected Insights, Information, and Personal Stories from the Experts by Deborah Robson. "Profoundly gifted kids often get the least help in school. It’s assumed they’re smart enough to succeed on their own." Includes an "excellent piece on homeschooling profoundly gifted children by Kathryn Finn." "A blend of personal stories and practical strategies, scholarly articles and entertaining essays from a community of voices." Available at Amazon.

Parents' Guide to IQ testing and Gifted Education by David Palmer, PhD. Understand what's behind IQ testing and selection for special school programs with this guide to gifted education. Written by an IQ specialist, this guide details the history of IQ tests and how they mea.sure intelligence, and familiarizes parents with signs of giftedness they can look for in their own children. Available at Palmer Learning and at Amazon.

A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children by James Webb. "Raising a gifted child is both a joy and a challenge, yet parents of gifted children have few resources for reliable parenting information. The four authors of this award-winning book, who have decades of professional experience with gifted children and their families, provide practical guidance in such areas as ... motivation and underachievement, and education planning." Available at Amazon

Exceptionally Gifted Children by Miraca Gross. A 20-year study of "15 remarkable children, some of the most gifted young people ever studied, and traced their path through school, exploring their academic achievements (and in some cases enforced underachievement), their emotional development, their social relationships and their family relationships and upbringing." Available at Amazon

Forging Paths: Beyond Traditional Schooling by Wes Beach. "Reconsider the idea that any highly successful career path must involve piling up gold stars in high school to gain immediate admission to a prestigious university. Discover how passion, persistence, creativity and perseverance can lead to a life of satisfaction and even some traditional achievements!" Includes the stories of nine students. Available at Amazon.


"Could the Next Einstein be in Your Class?" — Davidson Institute, 2001 brochure. Characteristics of profoundly gifted children, and suggested academic options.

"The Prodigy Puzzle" — Ann Hulbert's November 20, 2005 New York Times Magazine article about profoundly gifted children. Focusing on Davidson fellows, she examines the history of research on giftedness, radical acceleration, current educational opportunities, and intelligence testing.

"Acceleration: Valuable High School to College Option" — Robinson and Noble's 1992 article in Gifted Child Today p.20-23. "This article by Nancy Robinson and Kathleen Noble provides some practical part-time acceleration options, as well as full-time acceleration options."

"Radical Acceleration of Highly Gifted Children" — by Miraca Gross, Ph.D. and Helen E. van Vliet, University of New South Wales. 242-page booklet containing an annotated bibliography of international research on highly gifted young poeple who graduate from high school three or more years early. One comment of early entrants in America is "it seems to us in the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University that excellent parenting is especially crucial for such 'radical accelerants.'"

"Saving The Smart Kids" Time Magazine September 27, 2004 article by John Cloud. "If the work is not challenging for these high-ability kids, they will become invisible. We will lose them. We already are." "A 2001 study found that 70% of kids who skipped ahead had no regrets."

"My Son Is a High School Dropout, and Proud of it!"Mensa Bulletin, February 2007 article by Donna Hay. "The majority of their alumni conclude that it was the only choice for them that would have allowed them to reach their potential as scholars and as people."

Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington — List of publications available online.

Readers are encouraged to email me with suggestions of other resources they have found.