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The Role of Parents in the Online Education of Gifted Students

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Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth
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A graduate of NYU, Polytechnic, Syracuse University, & SUNY at Buffalo, Harvey Goldstein has been the president and director of PT Harvest International Indonesia since 1987. While maintaining his Indonesian Office, Mr. Goldstein moved to Singapore to become a director at Business-Link Consultancy Pte Ltd, and has been based there since 2006. Apart from his professional pursuits, Harvey Goldstein is an active supporter of Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

Founded in 1979, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth is on a mission to educate some of the brightest and most advanced K-12 learners from all over the globe. The organization conducts an annual search for students who meet the criteria for enrollment. These students are then given further training through its summer and online programs.

The center’s online programs cater to thousands of students from over 60 countries every year. This unique, individualized, distance-learning program provides challenging yet academically appropriate courses to participants through email and virtual classrooms. The success of this program does not only rely on the students’ natural abilities, but is also dictated by the participation of their parents and guardians.

Parents and guardians, by providing appropriate moral support and guidance, are an important component within the program. By ensuring that the students promptly turn in their homework and exams, and that they are in constant communication with their instructors, parents and guardians contribute to their student’s success.

CTY Explores Ways to Inspire Hard Work Among Advanced Learners

A foreign direct investment expert based in Singapore, Harvey Goldstein is a director of Business-Link Consultancy PTE LTD, and is the chairman of Harvest International in Indonesia. In addition to stimulating investment, Harvey Goldstein endorses educational opportunities for the most gifted young students worldwide by supporting the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

Center leader Elaine Hansen recently authored on article that discussed the relationship between intelligence and hard work in order to explore claims that academically advanced students have less “grit.” According to leading CTY faculty and staff, there are too many personal factors at work to make such a generalization, but the organization’s educators explain that they do employ strategies to help student sustain grit. CTY educators foster hard work by focusing on three main imperatives, which include combating boredom, emphasizing questions instead of answers, and rendering hard work contagious.

Hansen asserts that boredom is one of the main issues for advanced students, whose abilities may be untested by standard school curriculum. To overcome boredom, educators establish high academic goals, challenge students with difficult material, and maximize self-directed, interactive learning. CTY educators also state that students work harder when they are surrounded by motivated peers with whom they can collaborate to seek knowledge and tackle problems.

International Students Gain Access to Program for Gifted Youth

Harvey Goldstein, a business executive who founded PT Harvest International Indonesia, is actively engaged in helping talented students pursue higher educational opportunities in the United States. He established the Goldstein Scholarship program so that gifted students from Singapore with financial need can attend Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth (CTY) summer programs. Through this scholarship, Harvey Goldstein helps talented students attend a prestigious academic program where they can envision their potential to contribute to the future economy in Singapore, Indonesia, and other Southeast Asian nations.

CTY provides residential summer courses in the United States and Hong Kong for qualified students to pursue challenging academic work. While the program focus is academics, students also gain valuable social experience from interacting with peers. CTY conducts a talent search to identify potential program participants. Students who attain qualifying scores can attend CTY summer program or online courses. In addition, CTY participants gain access to other learning resources, such as magazine and Web content, additional educational testing, and college counseling.

International students who wish to participate in the CTY talent search can apply online and submit a parental consent form. Students may register for tests via an approved testing agency. After testing is complete and scores are calculated, CTY mails test results to participants.