“More Vietnamese students to be gifted by 2020”


This is one of my favorite recent headlines in the English language media here.  Is it something in the water?  A more liberal definition of “gifted”?  At any rate, the plan is to build at least one high school for gifted students in each city/province with the goal of placing about 2% of high school students into accelerated programs by 2020. 

As in any country, including the US, one of the challenges is to identify gifted students who are not from the middle or upper class (i.e., who are economically disadvantaged) and provide them with extra help to develop their natural talents.   

The project will cost VND2.3 trillion (US$121.2 million) and establish at least one high school for gifted students in each city/province. The goal is to place around 2% of high school students into accelerated programs by 2020.

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