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The provision of special educational opportunities for the most gifted members of our society is not a new idea. As early as the Fourth Century, B.C., Plato remarked in his Republic that society's task was "to compel the best natures" to provide education in order to ensure the survival of Greek democracy. The common good would best be served, he felt, by providing educational advantages for the most distinguished learners in order for them to eventually assume leadership positions. Such a desire for the optimum development of gifted potential has been an underlying reason for the return of the pendulum swing to special attention for the education of gifted learners after a period of neglect.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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William Waack


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