I 've Always Hated How Being Smart Is Taboo

1082 Words Mar 14th, 2016 5 Pages
I 've always hated how being smart is taboo. I can remember countless times my teachers would tell me "that 's not important" or "that doesn 't matter" when I would ask one of the burning questions that popped into my head. In some of my classes, I was even told not to ask questions at all. So in class I would sit, silenced by the figures who should have given me a voice. Finally by eighth grade, I got mad; my teacher was especially cruel, and I was not the only one who felt their education was being compromised. With all the pent up anger, I decided to take my education into my own hands. I studied. I 'd spend all nighters watching Crash Course and ASAP Science; Hank Green became my new best friend. I felt empowered as I watched myself grow smarter and stronger, and others must have seen it too, because they started seeking me out for help. Together, we went above and beyond. When my teacher had the audacity to tell us the periodic table was useless, we memorized the whole thing. When she would fail to teach us something, I would spend my free block huddled around my friends giving each other the opportunity to understand it fully. I grew hungry for knowledge, and soon I was answering my own questions. Ironically, I wouldn 't be excelling in Honors Chemistry if she hadn 't given me the opportunity to fight for myself, but I 've always wondered what could have been. My determination along with a great education could bring me to the next level. In 6th grade, when I first…
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