The boys are more creative than other boys, the girls more adventurous than other girls. They're more like each other in some ways than either is like other children of their own sex. And the schools, for the most part, don't know what to do with them. The language is revealing; children are called "profoundly" or "severely" gifted as if it were a disability.
Linda Seebach, "Don't let your child's gift of giftedness go to waste," Rocky Mountain News, (Denver, CO), July 6, 2002
—Tom Tozer, “Letting Michael be Michael,” Saturday Evening Post, May 1, 1996
And often, that presents a problem.
In "The Random House College Dictionary," prodigy is defined as "a person having extraordinary talent or ability" and "something abnormal or monstrous." Similarly, educators often use the term "severely gifted."
They know that a gift, like the Trojan horse, can contain some unpleasant surprises.
Extraordinary talent, say psychologists, can be a social stumbling block that separates children from their peers. It can intimidate teachers, stymie school administrators and, if ignored, lead to behavior problems.
Patti Thorn, "Being gifted," Chicago Tribune, August 26, 1985