Originally Posted by thismama
No, not for the same reasons, because being a parent of a child who has profound developmental delays is very, very different from being a parent of a child who receives a positive label, great accolades, and shiny predictions for his/her future. Completely different things.
You have obviously never met a truly, profoundly gifted child. They have just as many issues in a regular classroom as a delayed child. The reason that IQ tests are used is that they give a picture of how different a child can be from average.
An IQ of 100 to 130 is average
An IQ of 50-99 is delayed but can still be taught in regular school.
An IQ of 130-160 is gifted but can often still be taught in a regular school.
An IQ of 160+ is a very strange (to the average person) person who thinks very differently than the rest of us and is often having tremendous difficulties in school and at home. There is no badge of honor to have a child this intelligent. It is very difficult to have this child's needs met and these children are very rare indeed. More and more, these children are being homeschooled because that is the only way they are able to develop at the pace appropriate for them.