by Daniel P. Keating - 1979
Since the last yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education in which secondary-school programs for the gifted and the talented were discussed, several significant changes in the larger society have required rethinking of some of the programs described there. Most striking perhaps is a strong egalitarian mood, which led to the dismantling of many special schools for highly able students throughout the country. Some of these have, of course, survived (for example, the Bronx High School of Science), and recently there have been some indications that renewed efforts in this direction can be anticipated. By and large, however, plans to facilitate effectively the education of the highly able student at the secondary level are currently required to operate within comprehensive, nonselective high schools. Some private schools remain an exception to this trend, and this issue will be discussed in more detail later.
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