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Study: Young students hiding intelligence, talent to avoid bullying

More than 90 percent of British children have been bullied or have witnessed someone being bullied due to their intelligence or talent, a survey by the U.K.-based Anti-Bullying Alliance has found, the Huffington Post reports. The research indicates that more than a quarter of the 1,000 11-16 year-olds surveyed, or 27.3 percent, have quit an activity they enjoy for fear of being bullying. About half have downplayed a talent for the same reason — a number that rises to 53 percent among girls. When it comes to core academic subjects, one in 10 children say they have made an effort to hide their science ability, while nearly one in five girls and more than one in 10 boys deliberately underachieve in math to evade bullying…

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  1. jomama_432

    November 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I am not surprised. I have so many middle school age children who will not show what they know for fear of looking like “know-it-alls.” This reluctance spans across ethnic groups at my school, but in Hispanic children (first, second, third generation) I see more of a prevalence. There seems to be an unspoken cultural code (according to experts, not just me) that drives those who are high performers to collaborate and help their group, while maintaining a somewhat lower profile in “showing off” their academic talent.