A recent study released by England’s Middlesex University indicates that gifted children’s success or failure rates upon reaching adulthood are as average as can be. Professor Joan Freeman, head of the research and author of Gifted Lives: What Happens when Gifted Children Grow Up, claims that gifted children are just as likely fail later in life as they are to excel.
While gifted children often excel when in school, their adult lives are filled with typical ups and downs. Many, once free of the pressures and expectations placed on them in gifted programs, decide that excelling at all costs is simply not worth it. According to the report, many choose instead to live freer, less encumbered lives, even when the decision leads to everyday financial issues or other challenges.
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