Privileged gifted girls and underachievement – does it really exist and why should we care?

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Amanda O’Neil

 

Gifted girls in private education would be considered the double-elite by many, as their endowment of giftedness coupled with the good fortune of being born into a life of financial privilege presents two chance-factor advantages. Their female gender, which has been described as a ‘protective factor’ for underachievement (Seeley, 2003), may be considered a third chance-factor advantage, catapulting them to the status of triple-elite before their journey has even begun. With so much opportunity landing at the feet of these girls, is falling victim to underachievement really a possibility, should we care, and if so, what can we do about it?

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Keywords: gifted girls, underachievement

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