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Careers for the Gifted

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Submitter: I cannot find any reason to keep this in my high school library, even though it is in excellent condition. I feel like the identical front and back cover are meant to eliminate the non-gifted from being able to open the book.

Woefully outdated information:
p. 111 “Keep carbons of all letters you write.“
P. 26 “Don’t sign up for ‘Band’ or ‘Driver Education.’”
P. 33 Statistics about the projected growth in the field of technology through 1995 are completely useless.
P. 97 I hope that the “Directory of Organizations Interested in the Handicapped” has been named.

P. 24 If your parents are not understanding and supportive, perhaps because of naivete…”

P. 29 “Buildings teach.” I guess we don’t need teachers after all.
P. 91 I don’t really understand how the photo shows the “examination strain” of the students pictured. – Maybe I am too naive to understand.

Holly: Why on earth would this book suggest you not sign up for band or driver education?? What if you’re gifted in music? (Or driving, if that’s a thing people are gifted in. I can tell you it’s a thing people are UN-gifted at…but I digress.) Most career books from 1985 can be weeded out of high school libraries, but this should be at the top of the pile for all the reasons Submitter listed.

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21 Responses to Careers for the Gifted

  • Just the “no band” thing alone would’ve made me not even add this. (You know, if I had been an adult and not 9 years old.) Betting the author thought music was a waste of time. When in reality it can help improve a child’s self esteem and grades.

  • It was an honor to have spent 30 years in the service of gifted and talented programs. We NEVER used this book or any other back in the day. We had gifted and talented adults visit and discuss the nitty gritty of how they found higher ed and career happiness. The best career advice we can give anyone: find out what you love, not just what you are good at. I recommend reading Krista Lukas’s poem “Gifted and Talented,” which explains this dull, dull book.

  • I guess the author feels band and driver’s ed look bad on a college application for some reason. The only obvious reason that springs to mind is that the author is tone deaf and a poor driver, so hates those classes with a fiery passion.I didn’t actually have the option of not taking driver’s ed., and I suspect my school wasn’t the only one that did that, so not really stellar advice anyway. (We didn’t actually learn to drive, just learnt enough to pass the written portion of the test.)

  • as a person certified gifted from the super dooper maxi exteme genius institute i say right on with the “no band no drivers ed” advice. whenever i’m smartly walking down the street and i see people in cars go by i’m like “hey idiot! where are you going in your “car”? to play a musical instument? moron!”

  • I suspect I know why he said to eliminate band – it tends to be a clique, like sports sometimes do. Every parent (well, except for me) thinks their kid will wind up at Carnegie Hall. Anyway – the main reason is that band takes up too much time – that the so-called “gifted” child should spend studying. My two girls were in band and both dropped it after putting in a lot of hard time and being humiliated by both other students and the band teachers. Just me, maybe, but I figure this may have been part of the reason this author was down on band…

  • There are smart kids, very intelligent kids, who take all the college prep classes, get into great universities, becoming doctors, lawyers, researchers, etc. They may or may not be “gifted.” Other students may struggle in school, yet, be “gifted” in other ways, and do fantastic works of art.
    In my children’s school district “giftedness” is identified solely by test scores.

    As the mother of a profoundly gifted son (it was not fun for either of us, it often goes hand in hand with mental illnesses and no one would wish it on their child) this book is nonsense. It’s for smart, college bound students, who are after the “high income bracket” careers for 1985. Not all students can take that “normal” track. My son didn’t take any SATs, no AP classes, he didn’t even have an accredited high school diploma, yet got fellowships to obtain his PhD at WPI, and is currently a post doctorate researcher at Brown. He still doesn’t fit in. He still struggles. He never did take driver’s training and doesn’t drive to this day!

  • Item number 8 on page 111 (“Never relax for a minute…”) pretty much sums this book up for me. This seems like a sure-fire way to give an over-achieving kid all kinds of anxiety issues. Not to mention the rigid, soul-crushing atmosphere this book seems to like. Maybe the author wasn’t a “gifted” student and wrote this to make them feel bad because he was jealous.

  • I really want to know where that sentence at the bottom of page 111 was going. A lament about affirmative action and reverse discrimination?

    I don’t think most high-schoolers need to be so career-driven. The job landscape changes rapidly. Two examples:
    When I was in HS, they told us there was a glut of teachers and nurses, and not to go into those fields. So naturally, by the time I was graduating from college, there were tons of job openings for teachers and nurses.
    I finished HS before the internet was a thing, and before the IT explosion. A good number of my former HS classmates have computer-related jobs that didn’t even exist when we were in HS, and the pace of change is only increasing.

  • According to this book:
    Girl Scouts = Okay
    Band = Waste of time

    I found the exact opposite to be true when I was in high school, but whatever. Looking back, 20 years later, I wouldn’t trade the things I got to and places I got to go to with my school’s marching band for anything. Those were the moments that made getting up to go to school every day worth it. (And I was in AP classes and a graduate of my district’s “gifted & talented” elementary school.)

  • Ha ha ha ha ha! I think the submitter is being generous about the identical back and front covers. I think they were identical because they couldn’t find anyone to provide a positive review quote as is the norm on back covers!
    Also, I’m a semester away from finishing my library degree and I wasn’t even born in 1985.

  • I joined neither band nor driver’s ed. I had always thought I was pretty special. Now I KNOW that I am! HOORAY FOR ME! Thanks, Felton Keyes!

  • I think the point of the “no band or driver’s ed” is in the rest of the sentence, “…but emphasize science and mathematics.” I guess they mean don’t make up your credits with “extracurricular” subjects at the expense of the core courses.

  • The building in “buildings teach” photo appears to be angry at them, look @ its eyebrows!

  • This really does sound more like “Handbook for Achieving Clinical Narcissism” rather than advice for the gifted.

  • I’m amused by the “don’t sign up for Driver’s education” as Driver’s ed was required by the state I grew up in to get your license.