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One could argue that gifted children are marginalized today because of the emphasis on No Child Left Behind and on having all students meet certain minimum edu-cational standards. They’re also marginalized by the lack of attention and funding for gifted education.
One could also argue that twice-exceptional children are marginalized, often claimed by neither a gifted program nor a special ed program, and — if admitted to either — marginalized by being different from the rest of the students in either type of program.
This issue of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter covers a group of young people who are even more marginalized — “on the margins of the margins” is the way one con-tributor to this issue phrases it. This group of young people consists of those who are gifted, learning-challenged, and of atypical gender orientation.
Our contributors to this issue offer a variety of perspectives to raising and educating this group of young people. Educator Terry Friedrichs describes how schools and society put up barriers to these sexual-minority students and how those barriers might be overcome. Parent Teresa Ryan Manzella tells what she’s learned about raising what she calls a “queer kid,” offering advice to parents who may be starting on this journey. Journalist Emily Brooks offers the perspective of a member of the group we feature in this issue. She calls herself “a member of the queer and gender non-conforming community,” who is also gifted and on the autism spectrum. And educator Jennifer Broome shares lessons for addressing the needs of gifted GLBTQ adolescents and getting them the education they deserve.
In this issue you’ll also find event coverage, our “2e Tech” feature by Marlo Payne Thurman, the column “Dear Dr. Sylvia,” and a variety of news from the 2e community.
This issue marks the end of our 11th year of publication. We thank you for subscribing and solicit your input on the types of articles that will best help you raise, teach, and counsel the great twice-exceptional children in your life.
— Linda C. Neumann and J. Mark Bade