Resources spent in educating a country’s population is never a waste. In Vietnam, where the country is relatively poor, there will be on-going debate on how to allocate scarce resources. However, development of a country, whether in government or industry, requires the most talented to move the country forward.
The other argument in this news report is that students don’t stick to the disciplined they were assigned. Educators should encourage, not stifle, students’ need to explore and development their natural interests. Vietnam can only benefit where there is top talent in all sectors of society.
I have met and hired many students from gifted high schools. Anecdotally, there are differences the students outlook and abilities. This not to say that others not from gifted don’t do as well. As a group, students from gifted high school, have a certain level of qualitative difference.
High schools for the gifted in Vietnam:
- Lê Hồng Phong High School for the Gifted
- Hanoi – Amsterdam High School
- Le Quy Don Specialized High School
- Other Gifted High Schools
Read this study: The research describes a gifted program and examines issues related to gifted students’ profiles and their attitudes towards an English specialized program in Vietnam. The school is Le Quy Don Specialized High School, established in 1985.