Fostering Genius or Inclusion?
- Although studies such as SMPY have given educators the ability to identify and support gifted youngsters, worldwide interest in this population is uneven. In the Middle East and east Asia, high-performing STEM students have received significant attention over the past decade. South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore screen children for giftedness and steer high performers into innovative programmes. In 2010, China launched a ten-year National Talent Development Plan to support and guide top students into science, technology and other high-demand fields.
In Europe, support for research and educational programmes for gifted children has ebbed, as the focus has moved more towards inclusion. England decided in 2010 to scrap the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth, and redirected funds towards an effort to get more poor students into leading universities.
- Hong Kong 109
North Korea 106
South Korea 106
United Kingdom 100
Singaporean Chinese must be super-smart as that average must also take into account not negligible Tamil and Malay populations. And what does it say about ethnicity and intelligence (and about nature vs. nurture) that the two Koreas, separated for more than six decades in totally opposing political economies with a vast material imbalance, should come out equal(ly high); this could be one giant separated twins study.