My son is 8 years old. He is a very intelligent boy. Recently, he was put into the GATE program in his school. (The gifted program.) which is great, because he gets very bored with some of the work he does in class, and can absolutely do more challenging work. I went to a meeting for parents of new gate students, and basically here is my problem. The school is not basing the program on only intellectually advance students. Some kids are in GATE for being good artists, showing good leadership skills, or writing stories well. For example, the student could be doing poorly in academics but be a great artist so they would be put in GATE. I have a huge issue with this. The school says it is because they don't want to 'discriminate' ' and only accept 'smart kids'. But isn't that what GATE is supposed to be? Kids that are advanced academically. It is a lot different than it used to be, aNd for whatever reason it's just our school district that does this. What are your thoughts on this? would you still put your child in?