After ten years, About.com and I have parted ways. I will no longer be writing articles about gifted children for them. They have opted to take the company in a different direction and as a result, they are no longer interested in my topic. In preparation for the moves they are making, they have been making some significant changes, many of which affect my articles there.
As About.com was preparing to move in a different direction, they hired freelance writers and editors to rewrite our material, changing our titles, pictures, and even our content. These freelancers changed my writing without my knowledge, my permission, or any input from me.
The changes freelancers made more often than not do not reflect my own views, and often provide advice I would never give. For example, in an article about how to know if your child is gifted, the final piece of advice is to ask your child’s teacher, who will be able to tell you if your child is advanced.
That is a piece of advice I would never give. While many teachers are able to recognize a child with exceptional abilities, most can’t. Too many factors must be considered, including a child’s temperament, possible underachievement, and sensitivity, to name a few. And most teachers simply do not have any training in recognizing gifted children.
About.com staff has also been redirecting articles I’ve written to other articles, often with nonsensical results. My article on why achievement should not be used as an indicator of giftedness, for example, now leads people to an article on ” Terms and Concepts Related to Language and Reading.”
If you have been one of my readers, please do not hold me responsible for such changes as they are beyond my control. I will be rewriting my articles and putting them here, where they will be safe from unauthorized alterations.
I hope to include many links to other sources here, too, on my new topic pages. If you have an article or a blog post that you think other parents (or teachers) would find interesting, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the link and and explanation in a sentence or two of what the article is about. I will give you credit for the link.
I’m very excited about this new direction and hope to provide my readers with all the information they both want and need.http://giftsforlearning.com/wp/an-exciting-change/Rants and ResponsesPersonal Experience