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President's Message

168 President's Message SAGE Publications, Inc.1965DOI: 10.1177/001698626500900323 Recently your Executive Director, Mrs. Ann F. Isaacs, and I, your president, met with key people in Montreal-19b7 NAGC Convention site. Representatives from the hotel, press, and schools were invited to press conferences and preliminary discussions on how to publicize the approaching convention. It is not my purpose, here, to discuss details of the sessions (which will be subject of releases from NAGC headquarters) but rather to reflect on implications of the Montreal visit for our organization. Montreal is a bilingual city - French and English spoken everywhere and by so many. Obviously the practice of speaking a second tongue is not restricted to the gifted; yet there are many in the United States who would have us believe that bilingualism is an enrichment or segregated program offered only to the very bright. Our host in Montreal spoke at least three languages with equal facilifiy, yet apologized for being one not in the gifted group. Ifi is refreshing to have to ask oneself "Where does facility in several languages relate to giftedness?" One begins to speculate on what definitions Canadians do have for giftedness, talent, bright, or whatever. For the first http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Gifted Child Quarterly SAGE

President's Message

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168 President's Message SAGE Publications, Inc.1965DOI: 10.1177/001698626500900323 Recently your Executive Director, Mrs. Ann F. Isaacs, and I, your president, met with key people in Montreal-19b7 NAGC Convention site. Representatives from the hotel, press, and schools were invited to press conferences and preliminary discussions on how to publicize the approaching convention. It is not my purpose, here, to discuss details of the sessions (which will be subject of releases from NAGC headquarters) but rather to reflect on implications of the Montreal visit for our organization. Montreal is a bilingual city - French and English spoken everywhere and by so many. Obviously the practice of speaking a second tongue is not restricted to the gifted; yet there are many in the United States who would have us believe that bilingualism is an enrichment or segregated program offered only to the very bright. Our host in Montreal spoke at least three languages with equal facilifiy, yet apologized for being one not in the gifted group. Ifi is refreshing to have to ask oneself "Where does facility in several languages relate to giftedness?" One begins to speculate on what definitions Canadians do have for giftedness, talent, bright, or whatever. For the first
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