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by Milton J. Gold 1979

In the score of years since publication in 1958 of the fifty-seventh yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education on education of the gifted, higher education witnessed a surge of interest in academic excellence followed by a student protest movement with a powerful egalitarian drive. The same period saw an enormous outpouring of government and private funds in the interest of first-rate scholarship, followed by a shrinking of financial support that threatened the continued existence, let alone the quality, of major public and independent colleges and universities. Through this all, interest in superior students reached its apogee in the early 1960s, fell to a nadir in the early 1970s, and shows signs of revival at the end of the decade. Fortunately, many programs that began in the 1950s and 1960s laid down viable roots and persevered.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 78, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 80 Number 5, 1979, p. 218-236
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19355, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 10:30:47 AM

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  • Milton Gold
    World Council for Gifted and Talented Children
    MILTON J. GOLD is the first Executive Secretary of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.
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