Most Irish Children Identified As ‘Gifted’ Are Male

Most Irish children identified as ‘gifted’ are male.

But that could be because girls are underselling their achievements.

A report in today’s Sunday Independent quotes figures from Ireland’s Centre for Talented Youth at DCU – which shows teachers and parents are putting boys forward ahead of girls, because of their behaviours.

The centre’s director, Dr Colm O’Reilly, says gifted boys tend to become disruptive and gain attention when they advance beyond their classmates – while girls tend to hide their skills to blend in with people around them.


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