Being Labeled “Gifted” as a Child Was Ridiculous & Mostly About Capitalist Compliance

"Smart" isn't quite the problem per se, it's our cultural valuation of "smart" at the expense of the "not-smart". Even at six it was obvious I'd done something very pleasing to the grownups in my life, so I went on to prove I was Smart for a chill K-through-12 years. I received straight A's, I participated in math and science contests, I beat the running year-long trivia game in fifth grade (record holder still, I believe), and assembled a few plaques and medals. Upon graduating high school I received a full ride scholarship in Engineering and got the Engineering degree. See - I'm Smart! People tell me so.

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