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This, i believe, is one of the biggest problems with the public school system. Teachers are more worried about expressing their power over the students than they are about teaching the students the skills they need.
Heres a quick story,
1'st grade, New school, teacher hands me a math book and says "this is what we will be doing" she walks away.
Young Benrl, looks at this book, and goes, she said we would be doing it, so he does it, all of it.
Teacher returns, and proceeds to browbeat benrl For and I qoute " what the hell am I supposed to teach you now"
By 2nd Grade, Young benrl now receives work, and does not do it, stares blankly, or writes random diatribes into the answer portions of the test, this has now caused Benrl to repeat the 1st grade, and about to repeat the 2nd.
By now, older "gifted brother" is excelling, younger "gifted" brother also.
Young Benrl gets tested by the school for special ed...
Surprise, after counselling months of humiliation, Young Benrl is diagnosed...
Its Boredom, 135 IQ, Math skills at the College lever, Reading comprehension at High school level.
End result, I f-ed off through school, barely graduated, college late,
And to this day, I have an violent distrust of Bureaucracy and Authority.edit on 20-2-2014 by benrl because: (no reason given)
I think that when you're at genius level (or simply above average intelligence), you're left to fend for yourself a lot of times.
Were you a "bright child who didn't apply him/herself"?