posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 09:49 AM
originally posted by: trollz
a reply to: Boadicea
I agree 100%. What I think is really sad is when schools try to force the students who are highly intelligent to be like everyone else, even going so
far at times as to discourage those students from using their ability just for the sake of fitting in, being like everyone else and not standing out.
I've personally encountered a lot of people in life, particularly in the public school system, who absolutely hated that I had a very high
I watched it happen to both of my kids; and it was even worse for my daughter because she wasn't just intelligent, but
beautiful as well. And I'm not talking about students, I'm talking about teachers
who were more darn concerned with her looks than she was!
And it is sad -- really sad. In this quest for a false sense of "equality," we have denied everyone the opportunity to be their best. Not what
someone else considers "best," but an individual's best according to their own natural talents and gifts. We all have some gift... something that we
excel and thrive at... but instead of focusing on helping everyone be the best at what they do best, we try to make everyone fit into a certain box.
The worst part is that we do know how to do better, and at one time, we were trying. As I understand it, the whole purpose of the junior high
education model was to identify each student's individual strengths and aptitudes in the junior high years (7th to 9th grades), so that in high school
the student could "major" in those subjects they excelled in, and ultimately toward a career based upon their strengths and aptitudes. In fact, when
I graduated in the '70s, virtually every student graduated with a marketable skill. From typing and steno classes to shop classes to even senior work
credits, students were prepared to be responsible and productive adults in the real world by nurturing and developing their individual strong points.
Some went on to college for a higher degree, some went on to vocational schools for certification, etc., but options were readily available to make
the most of an individual's talents and skills.
I think this is part of the "snowflake" phenomenon we see today. Some kids thrive in the current educational system, but I would say that most don't.
It's just busy work for them with no practical value. They don't feel any sense of pride or accomplishment or fulfillment. And they sure don't feel
any joy. They receive no sense of self worth because it means nothing to them. It's all about living up to some else's idea of "best." So it's no
wonder that they continue looking outside themselves for validation and self worth. But no one can be happy if they're always trying to live up to
someone else's standards and values.