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2012 July 21

National Parenting Gifted Children Week

I just found out that last week was “National Parenting Gifted Children Week“—another one of those designated weeks that no one hears about (like National Folic Acid Awareness Week and National Engineers Week).

I found out about the week (too late to do anything, not that there is anything offered to do) from a book publisher that publishes a lot of support books for parents and teachers (which some people find useful, though I never have): Prufrock Press – blog – National Parenting Gifted Children Week.

I suppose that getting something designated as “National x Week” makes the people who argue for it feel like they’ve accomplished something, though it has never been clear to me exactly what.  Since there are so many “National x Weeks” it buys you no publicity, unless you have events scheduled all over the country simultaneously (like with National Bike Month and Bike-to-Work Week).  Incidentally, that event started as a number of local celebrations that gradually coalesced into a national movement that the League of American Bicyclists and other existing bike advocacy organizations joined—the locally run events are still the mainstay of the activity, though there are multiple efforts to try to coordinate them (not just LAB, but also biketoworkinfo.org).

National Engineers Week is trying to get engineering schools and faculty to put on events, but without a lot of success, because they chose a poor week for faculty or student involvement entirely for political reasons.  (Bike-to-Work week, in contrast, was chosen as a compromise between the various “beginning of the cycling season” dates around the country.)

National Parenting Gifted Children Week has no special activities (other than a blog tour that was not mentioned on any of the several parents-of-gifted-kids mailing lists that I read, so probably only reached the people who already read those blogs).  Unfortunately, this sort of feeble, invisible PR effort seems to be typical of organizations like NAGC and SENG. I’m sure that they mean well, but I can’t see enough positive results from their efforts to want to join the organizations.  There are 1000s of well-meaning organizations that want my time and money (and dozens who send me requests).  I’d rather support organizations that seem to be efficient and effective (like Second Harvest Food Bank and Planned Parenthood), even if I have no expectation of ever having any use for their services.

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