Re: “Tacoma to offer more classes for gifted kids” (TNT, 4-8).
As a former participant in the Sherman Elementary School JAWS (Joining Abilities with Students) program, I am skeptical about the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program.
Once a week, I rode a bus with students from Washington Hoyt Elementary to Franklin, where we were supposedly being pushed to excel through the JAWS program.
On the contrary; bus rides took up an hour of the day. Our curriculum consisted of material that felt irrelevant and silly. JAWS felt like a once-a-week field trip.
In third grade, I was …