On the first day of school, the only person more discussed than the “new kid” is the “new kid who skipped a grade.”

Words like “gifted,” “brilliant” and “genius” get thrown around a lot to describe these students. Education researchers generally refer to them as “accelerated.” It’s a catch-all term to describe students who’ve either entered kindergarten early, grade-skipped or taken single subjects above grade level.

Part of the hype comes from how uncommon it is.

Researchers estimate no more than 2 percent of students fall into these categories.

But two new reports in the last few weeks argue that there should be a lot more of this acceleration, and that states and school districts often get in the way.

Skip A Grade? Start Kindergarten Early? It’s Not So Easy

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The liar may resist confrontation, denying that she lied. Or she may use other language: forgetfulness, privacy, the protection of someone else. Or, she may bravely declare herself a coward. This allows her to go on lying, since that is what cowards do.  She does not say, I was afraid, since this would open the question of other ways of handling her fear. She may say, I didn’t want to cause pain. What she really did not want is to have to deal with the other’s pain. The lie is a short-cut through another’s personality. Truthfulness, honor, is not something which springs ablaze by itself; it has to be created between people.
—  Adrienne Rich, from On Lies, Secrets, And Silence