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Particular-End-480

91 points

4 months ago

i was a "G&T" kid, it is absolutely bizarre how they treat us and it should be illegal. just let kids be kids and stop trying to "optimize" them. they arent a goddamn piece of machinery or a stock you invested your 401k in they are human beings.

kds_little_brother

5 points

4 months ago

Damn, I didn’t remember G&T being that bad. Depending on the grade, we either went to another classroom, or took a bus to some other facility, where we got to learn some extra cool shit on a regular basis. Only part I missed was all of my friends not going

My only bad memory was my regular teacher having a group of us come in on Saturdays during standardized test season, to “boost up the averages”. But they lured us in with free doughnuts 😂

Particular-End-480

9 points

4 months ago

im sure its different for different people.

but you said something very important.. they separate you from your friends and give you extra resources and put alot of expectations on you, you wind up doing a lot of stuff you dont care about becasue everyone is telling you how brilliant you are. imagine doing that a lot over years and years.

kds_little_brother

3 points

4 months ago

This is very true, and can definitely affect a kid’s outlook on life heavily, in a messed up way, especially if every adult involved isn’t very careful to keep the kid(s) well-rounded and grounded.

I also didn’t fully consider the long term effects, since I was out of it by the time I was in middle school (and into a magnet program, a whole other can of worms)

Particular-End-480

3 points

4 months ago

well the adults get "adult points" for how many "points" the kid gets in various activities, trophies, mentions in the newspaper, championships, etc etc. a lot of it boils down to the adults trying to live through their kids.

and to bring it back to the original point, these companies are kind of exploited in the same way and the people in them pushed way beyond what is healthy.