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Opinion: Why gifted students can be so challenging


What do Woody Allen and Steve Jobs have in common? Among other things (including brilliant, creative minds), they both hated school and were discipline problems, says Mark Phillips, professor emeritus of secondary education at San Francisco State University and author of a monthly column on education for the Marin Independent Journal, for the Washington Post. Allen once said, “I loathed every day and regret every moment I spent in school.” Jobs noted, “I was pretty bored at school and turned into a little tyrant.”  Who are their counterparts today? How are schools dealing today with bright, creative students who are bored out of their minds in class?

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