Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 47, Issue 6, pp 1359–1361 | Cite as

Joanna Simpson and Meagan Glover Adams: Understanding Gifted Adolescents: Accepting the Exceptional

Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015, 178 pp, ISBN 9780739195574
  • Julie Flanagan
Book Review

In Understanding Gifted Adolescents: Accepting the Exceptional, Joanna Simpson and Megan Glover Adams explore the many flaws of America’s gifted education system and the detrimental effects it has on gifted students. It offers a wide variety of solutions and ideas to better regulate gifted education, as well as how other individuals can positively impact gifted students. This book was intended especially for parents and teachers, to inform and help them understand how to better serve, raise, and educate these students. Although this book provides alternatives to current gifted education standards and how to overcome common challenges, the biggest solution outlined starts with legislation. However, there are very minimal opportunities discussed how to reach the government and actually make a difference. The more light that is shed on the failing and exclusive gifted education system, the better the chances are for actual improvement. Therefore, this book serves as a stepping stone to...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana University BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA

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