Hyperactivity and giftedness often go together, not because the student actually has ADD, and not only because he or she is bored, but most of all because raw creative energy is untamable. Hyperactive grownups may know when they need to take time for themselves, especially if they’ve already identified their drive to write, make music, paint, or act. They become distracted because the Muse is clamoring.
Gifted children don’t know this about themselves. Nor does our culture teach anyone that creativity demands attention. Refusing to be ignored, it calls from within so loudly that our most able students become confused and agitated, torn as they are between the demands of education and the more insistent voice of the Muse.