To Be Gifted, Learning Challenged, and Black

This series on ethnicity and 2e takes a closer look at how twice exceptionality intersects with ethnic stereotypes, often adding another layer of “difference” to students. Also see: "Taming the 'Tiger Mom' Stereotype."

It’s hard enough to be gifted with a learning challenge and be recognized by educators as twice-exceptional. When a layer of racism is added to it, it becomes nearly impossible.

“Unfortunately,” says Dr. Donna Ford of Vanderbilt University, author of several books on diversity and ethnicity, “most teachers are white and female and used to looking at what they perceive to be wrong with black students, particularly black males. They look for deficits and make referrals to special education, but not gifted education.”



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About Stuart Matranga

Stuart Matranga is an author and journalist who has written for Rolling Stone, Maxim, and other magazines. As a teacher, he specializes in students who are reluctant readers. Stuart has extensive experience teaching and working with twice-exceptional students.