The National Collegiate Honors Council is an organization which helps set direction for honors education in the U.S. Such education in the U.S. has a relatively short history, according to the NCHC website:
Honors education in the United States first appeared in the 1920s. By the late 1930s, there were over 100 Honors programs in the United States. There was a lull in Honors education during and after World War II, but the Soviet launch of Sputnik in 1956 brought a new growth in Honors programs. In 1957, the Inter-University Committee on the Superior Student (ICSS) was formed as a clearinghouse for information on Honors activities. ICSS received funds from the Carnegie Corporation, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Office of Education to help establish Honors programs at colleges and universities across the United States. In 1965, ICSS disbanded, when its external funding expired. A number of people felt that there continued to be a need for a professional association of Honors educators, to share their ideas and provide a strong national voice for excellence in higher education. As a result, in 1966, the National Collegiate Honors Council was formed.
Looking for more resources on raising your gifted child? The U.S. Department of Education provides a comprehensive list of resources for parents raising gifted children. This also includes information and resources specific to certain locations, such as New Jersey’s “Gifted Child Society” and the “Florida Gifted Network”.
In future posts, we’ll consider more specific nuances of grooming children to be especially gifted!