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This was a very different perspective form my own, but it hit me because I think about this a lot. I also really loved the style of writing and voice--it felt very authentic!
I honestly think there's not much to add in this category. The story makes sense, so no need to add anything, and it was already rich with detail and imagery. The piece feels tense and charged, like when static electricity gathers right before you touch a doorknob and shock yourself. It had me hooked and kept me reading!
This is a great piece!!
I was tested into the gifted program when I was really little, and sometimes I don't even know why I'm in it lol. I hate the fact that "gifted" is the label they use when really, it's just another form of special ed. Being gifted isn't that you're smarter, or know more, or are better in anyway--it just means that you learn differently. There are underachieving "gifted" kids, too, the ones who would rather just drop out of school and who never do their work. "Gifted" is basically a learning disability, but too many people have put it on this pedestal of "oh, my kid's in gifted so they're better," or "I'm in gifted, so I must be better than all those kids who aren't." And then kids who don't test in feel inferior, which of course they're not! It's toxic in so many ways.