Gifted in Reel Life

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A Blog Hop is a way to discover and follow blogs, as well as share your own. Every month or two, we pose a topic, our blogging members discuss it, and we link to their posts. GHF blog hops include bloggers from around the world, all of them committed to articulating the unique concerns, needs, and perspectives of gifted/2e families, especially (but not exclusively) those who choose non-traditional education for their kids.

Read on to see what these awesome bloggers have to say about portrayal of giftedness in the media!

gifted meThe Change and Growth of Claudia Donovan ~ On a Tangent (Leah Spann)

Claudia is a fun character. She’s a wisecracking, tech-savvy prodigy, who has a habit of causing mischief. She also becomes, with the help of a set of excellent mentors, a competent, forward-thinking government agent, who saves the Warehouse and the world from certain disaster on multiple occasions. But the real reason that I like Claudia so very much and feel so strongly about her character as a representative of gifted individuals is not, surprisingly, any of that. Namely, the reason I find Claudia Donovan so compelling is because she is not that person when we first meet her.

child genius gifted mediaChild Genius: How Media Distorts and Exploits Gifted Children ~ Gifted Unschooling (Amy Harrington)

With one new reality game show, gifted awareness has been set back as all the prevalent myths and steretoypes come to the forefront with Lifetimes' "Child Genius." Our anti-intellectual society will pat themselves on the back for believing that giftedness or worse, parenting gifted children, looks anything like what is portrayed on the show.

gifted media ColumboColumbo: Breaking Gifted Stereotypes ~ Eclectic Homeschooling (Amy Bowen)

I love how Columbo presents a picture of giftedness that isn’t stereotypical. Giftedness is often stereotyped as a geeky, socially-awkward individual that is obviously highly intelligent. Columbo very much goes against that stereotype and presents a picture of giftedness that often goes unrecognized.

gifted mediaThe Extraordinary Empathy of a Data Analyzing Robot Youth Life Form ~ Bob Yamtich

If we could get back to 1985, we could more easily see a film called D.A.R.Y.L. about a Data Analyzing Robot Youth Lifeform.

gifted media Gifted in Reel Life ~ Sprite's Site (Jo Freitag)

There are many films about gifted characters which can be used for discussion starters for parent groups, material for teacher training or professional development/in-service training or activities for gifted youth groups.

social media giftedGifted in "Reel" Life ~ Homeschooling Hatters (Care Martin)

Growing up, I had a pretty positive impression of gifted children, which I realize now is inherently incomplete and also grossly inaccurate. While I came out of it with the impression of incredible smarts and the ability to rules-lawyer out of anything... the notion of anything relating to overexcitabilities was left well behind - as was the notion that perhaps gifted is not something that is global. Like, just because you're gifted doesn't mean you're as ridiculously strong in math as you are in language arts.

gifted media To Me Jackaroo Cynthia Voigt Howards End E. M. ForesterImages of Giftedness ~ Christy's Houseful of Chaos (Christy Knockleby)

To Me, Jackaroo by Cynthia Voigt and Howards End by E. M. Forester.are about giftedness too. The characters illustrate the moral sensitivity, the willingness to question those around and to see things differently that is, I've read, common among many gifted people.

gifted media Theresa Wiggin Ender's GameIn My Nightmares, I'm Theresa Wiggin ~ Gluten-Free Mum (Kathleen Humble)

I've been trying to come up with good introduction, something punchy, y'know. But I can't. Closing my eyes I can hear my son avidly discussing trains with DH and my daughter thumping her fork on a table as she eats her breakfast. A few moments peace in order to coherently gather my thoughts, nope, not going to happen . . . oh well. It could be worse. I could be Theresa Wiggin.

Lilo Parenting gifted media homeschoolLife with Lilo ~ Mommy Misadventures (Michelle Nguyen)

One of my favorite movies of all time, Lilo & Stitch took a much more personal tone when I realized how closely some of my daughter's issues mirrored that of Lilo.


 gifted media twice exceptionalLike Stars on Earth: Movie Review ~ Mommy Bares All (Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag)

Basically, it's about a twice exceptional kid (intelligent kid with a learning disability)  who was having problems in school. He was transferred to a boarding school by his Dad who was hoping that his school performance would improve after he is transferred. The boy's problem continued and he even got depressed because of the separation from his family. Things got better when a new art teacher met the boy and intervened; so that not only the boy's parents, but also the school teachers and principal would understand what's causing the boy's difficulty in school. Let me enumerate some of my reasons for liking this movie and why I would recommend it to all parents, whether they have gifted, twice exceptional or typical children.

lilo stich gifted media parentingLilo: Dabrowski's Gifted Child in Reel Life ~ Scleratus Classical Academy (Mrs. Warde)

Around the time I was researching about gifted overexcitabilites I watched the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch to see if it was something that would be a good movie for the kids. As I watched it I was struck by how much this little girl was acting like the things I had been reading about. And while Disney may not have intended it that way, they were clearly portraying a gifted child with several, if not all, of Dabrowski's overexcitabilites.

gifted media homeschoolQuite Interesting ~ Our Life at Home (Stacey Adams)

I will admit that, at times, Stephen can come across as a condescending jerk. But this confession melted my heart. Retyping a book, out of his love for the mechanical workings of a typewriter, is exactly the sort of thing my son would do.

jenblogReel Life This Ain't ~ Laughing at Chaos (Jen Merrill)

People have told me for years that our lives here would make a great sitcom. That’s all well and good, but no one would believe it. A gifted or twice-exceptional family doesn’t transition well to a screen, big or little. Hobbies and jokes that few would get. Too nuanced, too much angst, not enough laugh track.

rise gifted mediaRise: A Refreshing Dose of Gifted Reality ~ My Little Poppies (Caitlin Curley)

In this age of reality shows, many of which I believe to be potentially damaging to our nation's youth, RISE was a refreshing dose of genuine reality. In this film you will not find exploitation, continuation of long-held stereotypes, voyeuristic competition- none of that. Rise is real, folks.

Child Genius media giftedThat New Show About Kids Who Are "Geniuses"? Yeah, Let's Talk About That ~ Red, White and Grew (Pamela Price)

Yes, by all means, let’s use a televised competition between underage gifted people to feed a culture’s insatiable desire for attention and status. Let's pit kids against one another and let the winner take the spoils in videos that will last forever. While we are at it, let’s also make it easier for people to tease and bully gifted kids--a population vulnerable to bullying--by saying things like “if you’re so smart, why can’t you get on that Lifetime show and win some money?”

gifted media Bradley Cooper Sandra BullockThose Quirky Red Boots ~ Through a Stronger Lens (Nicole Linn)

When I first heard about the movie, my thoughts were, "Bradley Cooper and Sandra Bullock? Fun romantic comedy? Sure!"  Instead, I found a fairly accurate depiction of a highly gifted woman, living unapologetically in a world that just didn't get her,


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