I love helping students who do not traditionally fit in in their educational environments. Why? You guessed it! Because I don’t fit in as a student and I believe that that makes me uniquely qualified to help people like me survive school in a way that keeps their callings and self-esteem intact. So that their early years post-high school or post-college aren’t merely built around trying to undo what industrial educational experiences did to them.
I read through most of high school, and did have to go to summer school a couple of times to recover credits. Ironically, this was for English and foreign language, which were my strongest subjects in college and graduate school.
Have you ever considered that some of the things we most struggle with in school are those same things we are also the most gifted in once we’re mature adults? There is an incredibly long list of people who were told they were failures by the teachers of the very subjects that they later transformed. Education is essential and so is schooling. But they’re not the same thing and they’re often at cross purposes with one another.