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exceptional children - should they be labelled? Advatanges and disadvantages of labelling your students

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To speak only on the notion of applying labels, the trick seems to be finding a way to offer praise and distinction without also categorizing or creating perceived divisions. We want to communicate status, recognize abilities, etc., but we don't want to isolate individuals or marginalize people.

This is not only an educational issue, but a social one. As mentioned already, this issue is centrally a political correctness issue, however, the problematic nature of the issue is psychological. The perceptions that are interpreted to have political content actually, first and foremost, have a psychological content. 

I think the first question is: How do people respond to labelling, positive or negative?

The next questions then deal with how to weigh the problems of labelling against the benefits of tracking in education and the political (large scale social) ramifications of creating policies that actively use labelling.

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I think the focus should not be on "labeling" gifted children, but in...

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