The Gifted Underachiever
Underachievement: From the Inside Out
Patterns for Charlie
Jim Delisle on the "Underachievement" label
Underachievement is one of the more slippery concepts in education, let alone
in the realm of giftedness. There is no explicit threshold we use to
determine that a child is or is not an underachiever. "If your grades
all one standard deviation below your aptitude, as measured on the I.Q. Test,
then you are deemed to have underachieved."
Nope. It is
just not that simple.
A lot of
what we end up with is I can't define
it, but I know it when I see it. Personally, I have a hard time
with the concept, and to an extent, the papers that follow this reflect that
difficulty. But at the same time, I cannot deny that there are people who are
keenly aware of not living up to their expectations of themselves, let alone
the expectations of people around them (like teachers, counselors, and
As always, you can find myriad links on the subject at Hoagies!