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Message Subject Were You Part Of The "Mentally Gifted Minds" Program In California Scools back in the 70's?
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So tie that together with our devotion to helping others, and you can see how we may have posed a problem for Them. This is something I'm sure they could have identified easily and early on. All they needed to do was find the kids that were compassionate, social and intelligent.
 Quoting: Gthree777

Pretty much. We were unknown variables.

As far as the grassy meadow. No I don't think your mentioned it? I know I did in my previous posts. It was the main theme of all of our sessions. Our teacher would turn the lights down, we'd close our eyes and she'd have us relax, then float out of our bodies, up through the celing, over the school, up into the clouds and come down in a grassy meadow under a big tree... I don't really remember what we did after that.. All I remember is floating back up and coming back into my body, counting down and opening my eyes. I did this so many times I couldn't tell you how many times.
 Quoting: Gthree777

My memory loss was really quite bad and I still have a lot of black holes surrounding the program. It's just everything else that is filling in for me. The grassy meadow caught my attention because it puzzled me why I also used that one and the beach but only the beach came up here. Solves a mystery--probably the same source.

Anyway, I was in it untill 7th grade. That would have been about 1977-1985 roughly.

We were in the program around the same time period then though I was a couple years older. That would explain why we have the same inductions most likely. If I recall correctly, the program directors were specially trained for it. We would have been subject to whatever was the popular flavor of the month for experimentation.

My big concern is that I do know some of the other kids I was in this with we're kids that I eventually went to Jr High and high school with. Yet I can't remember a single one of them or their names, or even their faces. But I do remember a bunch of kids from all of my regular classes. It's as if they intentionally made us forget each other. I have a bunch of school friends as Facebook friends now. I've thought about just posting there and asking if any of them were in Project Potential? But for some reason, I just can't do it..
 Quoting: Gthree777

I experienced a huge amount of trepidation about the same issue and making an open query. My curiosity finally won over and I just asked who was in the program. It was interesting. The people that were in it responded with a simple statement of being in it whereas other former classmates who were not in it talked at greater lengths about our "super genius classes". None of the former gifted students expanded on anything or responded to any part of the conversation. Just a simple "I was in it" and that's it. I was the only former gifted that was doing any talking. The most surprising thing was WHO they were. They were all people that I was relatively close to or very close to all the way through high school.

Here's the twist: I remember who was in my 7th grade English, French, Health, PE, and Science classes. Even if I can't recall the names, I remember their faces, the classrooms, the teachers. I could find those exact same classrooms even now, almost 30 years later and point out where I sat. Yet, I couldn't remember the people that I was actually somewhat close to, had known since grade school, etc etc in that same year being in this program. I remembered them--just not that they were in it with me. Ours lasted to 8th grade, I believe.

I wouldn't doubt it if your results would be the same. I find that it is interesting to now know who those few were. They don't know about this because that is too scary to bring up. I don't know why, lol, but my gut shrivels at the thought, lol. Reminds me of that movie "Fight Club"--what's the first rule of gifted programs? Don't talk about gifted programs. :)

Ok all for now. Still trying to loosen back up to this thread. :)
 Quoting: Gthree777

I know what you mean. It's a hell of a thing, isn't it?
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