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Oklahoma City Asian students cite values, upbringing as reason to excel

BY WENDY K. KLEINMAN Published: November 30, 2008
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/articleid/3326335/1/pictures/521638">Photo - Doo-Yun Her, 12 Seventh-grader
Doo-Yun Her, 12 Seventh-grader
"Officially, a C is average, and in my family, a C is unacceptable.”

The high proportion of Asians in the district’s gifted program echoes national figures. The overrepresentation of such students has been studied, said Joseph Renzulli, director of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented.

"I think that they have this unbelievably high work ethic when it comes to schoolwork; therefore, they spend more time studying, and they do better on tests,” he said.

Renzulli said a problem in Oklahoma City schools and the nation is that some students may not be recognized as gifted because they don’t understand the English-language exams.


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