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Inside the mind of a raging liberal
Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Mon Jul 17th 2006, 09:39 AM
On some DUers quest to form a group for "Former Gifted Children"
As a kid, I was your typical ADHD, flying-off-the-wall student. I was labeled all kinds of negative things that I won't even mention here because I have since pushed them out of my mind.

What these educators did not realize was that I was an avid reader who would spend hours in the library reading about anything that piqued my interest. They had no clue that I would play chess with the old Cuban men in my neighborhood, developing into a very strong player with a thorough understanding of the game.

Very few teachers were able to recognize that I was not intellectually inferior as many of them had assumed, but that I was, in fact, quite creative.

I just wasn't interested in the crap they were teaching in school. And their structured teaching methods failed to hold my attention.

It wasn't until high school after I got busted writing graffiti on a wall, that I was asked by my English teacher to write a column for the school newspaper about the phenomenon of graffiti and how it serves as an extension of expression and creativity.

That column surprised a lot of people who had no idea I could put a sentence together. It also made many of those so-called "outcast" students feel as if they had been spoken for; as if someone could not only relate to them, but was able to put it in simple sentences to make the "normal" people understand.

I went on to become a regular writer for the school newspaper and went on to become a professional journalist, even though I dropped out of school, earned a GED and didn't start college until I was 21.

I've long since shed the label "loser" that was unwillingly placed on me.

Funny enough, it was many of those "gifted" kids that viewed me as such. But every once in a while, I run into them, and they're not doing much.




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