University of Iowa News Release
Sept. 15, 2004
MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Conference Monday On 'A Nation Deceived'
WHAT: A press conference to release a national report "A Nation Deceived:
How Schools Hold Back America's Brightest Students." The report explores
why thousands of academically gifted K-12 students across the country are
being denied an opportunity to take part in acceleration programs, from simple
mentoring and Advanced Placement courses to the skipping of subjects or complete
grade levels and early college entrance.
WHEN: 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 20.
WHERE: Sixth-floor conference room of the University of Iowa Blank Honors
Center. The Honors Center is attached to, and located behind, Daum Residence
Hall at 221 N. Clinton St., at the corner of Bloomington Street and the Cleary
Walkway. Take the elevator to the sixth floor. A map and parking information
is available online at http://www.uiowa.edu/%7Emaps/b/bhc1.htm
WHY: Schools across the country are failing to give academically unchallenged
students opportunities to learn to their full potential by denying them access
to accelerated education. The report, which has been endorsed by the National
Association for Gifted Children, debunks many of the myths surrounding accelerated
education, most notably that it draws resources from other students, that
it poses psychological or social risks to students and that it's a form of
WHO: Lead authors Nicholas Colangelo, director of the Belin-Blank Center,
and Susan Assouline, associate director of the center; UI College of Education
Dean Sandra Damico; Judy Jeffrey, interim director of the Iowa Department
of Education; and several students who have personally taken part in accelerated
OTHER INFORMATION: A multbox will be available for broadcast media. Hard
copies of the report and other materials will also be available to attendees.
For a summary of the report, go to www.nationdeceived.org. An earlier news
release previewing the report is available at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2004/may/052004gifted-children.html.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite
371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.
CONTACTS: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Program: Nicholas Colangelo, director of the Belin-Blank Center, 319-335-6148,