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It seems to be a generally accepted premise that in education an extra effort is needed when teaching exceptional children. In the case of Public Law 94-142, it is federal law that equality of educational opportunity shall be provided in education. As a rule, students on one end of the spectrum 1 (students with learning disabilities, mental retardation, or emotional disturbance)have well defined services, well qualified personnel and these personnel practice well-delineated procedures. If we govern our behavior within the context of the principles of Fairness and Balance, then it would be good to provide an equality of services for exceptional students at the opposite end of the spectrum: the "gifted" or "talented" student. Thus it would be best and is most just, to provide an equality of services, personnel and procedures for all exceptional students. In addition, the "gifted and talented" student represents a resource which would best be tapped, and not ignored or tolerated by society. While this is true of all students, it is especially true of the "gifted" student.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Mary Nan K. Aldridge


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