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“I said, maybe he’s bored,” Ms. Phelps recalled saying to his [Michael’s] teacher. “Her comment to me — ‘Oh, he’s not gifted.’ I told her I didn’t say that, and she didn’t like that much. I was a teacher myself so I didn’t challenge her, I just said, ‘What are you going to do to help him?’ ”

Read more of a mother’s perspective and wins on the NY Times.