chamonix wrote:jtoh wrote:I am NOT generalizing. I am referring specifically to the cases I know PERSONALLY. I wrote specifically "the ones who entered via GEP prep courses struggled throughout their three years..." I did not say all those who did poorly came in through prep classes.
I am not aware of any who went through extensive training who are doing well because of good attitude. Do you? And if they are doing well, how would anyone know if they were not already gifted to begin with and that the training merely enhanced their ability?
Yes, I know of such cases personally.
Rereading my response to you, I realised there must be some miscommunication. I didn't imply that you said all those who did poorly came in through prep classes. Rather, it's a fact that the naturally gifted ones (ie. without attending any enrichment classes) could also perform badly because of poor attitudes towards study or simply because the topics covered are not their areas of interests. You are very fortunate that your kid is in a class with good studying attitudes.
I see what you mean. Yes, poor attitude can result in poor results regardless of whether you're gifted or not, as the GEP branch is always reminding parents.
You and I share the same view that trying to beat the system will only result in misery for the child. I wish parents would be more aware of this. But year in year out, I hear of parents sending their kids for GEP training classes in the hopes of getting the magic ticket to GEP. Sigh!