Tribute to Miraca Una Murdoch Gross AM, Emeritus Professor of Gifted Education.
As of September 2021, Miraca is living in Sydney, Australia.
A tribute to my friend and colleague, who dedicated her life to the research and support of exceptionally gifted children.
Miraca and I worked on several projects together…
The GE Decoding Genius audio series.
Listen to one of Miraca’s last studio interviews, recorded in Pyrmont, Sydney in September 2016.
Miraca published hundreds of books and articles on gifted education.
Small poppies. (1999).
The pursuit of excellence or the search for intimacy? (1989).
The Mensa Acceleration booklet. (2015).
Download from Mensa (external link).
Miraca is driven, passionate, eloquent… and diplomatic!
Here is a fascinating thread from our correspondence about the Mensa acceleration booklet above…
Date: 17 August 2016
This is really useful. I will format it shortly.
I wonder if I can request your brief input with a few things:
1. Story about not accelerating. At the Brisbane conference last year, I wrote down your words about a gifted student who was not accelerated to the effect of: “What if that student was to become a doctor? What if I could have helped accelerate her, so that she could have become a doctor two years earlier? How many more lives would she have saved in that time? An extra two years worth!”. Could you expand with some background that I missed or correct this?
2. Would you be okay with using a callout quote from Bob Davidson: “I mean, that’s criminal to send a kid [who already reads well] to kindergarten…. Somebody should go to jail for that! That is emotional torture!” http://www.csun.edu/pubrels/clips/Aug07/08-29-07A.pdf
3. Are you able to diplomatically answer the question of what parents should do if schools refuse to accelerate?
Date: 18 August 2016
I’d rather keep the article as it is, if that’s okay with you.
My reasons are:
The issue of how much longer an accelerated child’s career could last is important but I think it could be a bit of a distractor here.
Much as I admire the Davidsons I think this particular comment of Bob Davison’s is a bit inflammatory and doesn’t “sit well” in what I’ve tried to make a more gently reasoning article. (That does not detract from my warm admiration of Bob!)
What parents can do if schools refuse to accelerate is, likewise, a whole other article!
It’s never easy to write a short article on such an important issue as acceleration because one always agonises about what one has had to leave out but it’s also important to keep the tightness and focus.