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reply to post by WhiteAlice
School systems work on averages, the average test score, the average attendance etc.. This means they focus on the bottom end.
I remember working real hard, getting everything right and only getting a couple of merits for the entire year. Then a kid who was a trouble-maker and I know him now, he works for a drug dealer, he would get merits simply for coming into class :/ it was frustrating and made me wonder why I even bothered.
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'm not really sure what applying oneself even means as a schoolkid. Not getting into the gifted program? I was talked up as smart during my entire childhood, even though I was in mainstream classes getting As and Bs like anyone else. I had a college reading level in 6th grade, which I grew into and became just someone with a stack of books in her closet. Bad literary attention span, can't even speed read...