There was a thing that was done to me when I was a child which was a set-up to fail. I think it is a pretty common thing to do to gifted kids.
I was more intellectually able than most of my classmates in grade school, and my grade school was half-assed in its dealing with this. Well, maybe more quarter-assed.
From time to time I was offered the following deal, in one form or another: either I could do advanced work independently or I could stay with the class.
This didn't seem insane or a gotcha to me at the time, because of two reasons. One of those reasons was that I had internalized the culturally prevalent mythologization of gifted kids. And by "mythologization" I mean "stereotype".
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