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Have you ever met somebody who has repeated a grade and/or dropped out of school? When I went to school, I have met a few people who dropped out before, and one time a person who repeated a grade. Have you ever met people like this?

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  • Yes and Yes. It's rather a common phenomenon, is it not?

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  • True Story: Thomas Edison was sent home from school at a young age because, according to the school headmaster, he was mentally deficient and unteachable.

    His mother intentionally misread the note to Thomas that he was a genius and the school was too small and did not have good enough teachers for him. That she was to teach him herself.

    We all know the results of that.

    The fact is that there is often a mismatch between what a school is teaching and their method and with how many people work and their potential. There is no shame in repeating a class or dropping out.

    Here's another truism if you look at the overall data:

    Most "A" students end up working for "B" student managers, who are working in companies founded by "C-F" student, or dropout, Business Owners.

    In almost all cases, you get paid on EQ (emotional intelligence), not IQ. Something the schools have largely ignored.

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    • I mean highschool isnt that hard. Whatever happens after that is up to your own ability. Graduating highschool is just the certification that you were smart enough to do the bare minimum to get the diploma.

      Yeah some dropouts become CEOs but the MAJORITY tend to fail in life early on and continue the fuck up cycle to the next generation. You only hear about the success stories not the truth of overwhelming failure.

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  • Bunch of seniors in my classes are failing miserably so they are going to take summer school for an extra chance. Sucks for them.

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  • Of course I have met them, F grade students exists everywhere. That doesn't mean that is the end of the life, school is the place of learning and improvement, work hard and progress to the next grade and never give up.

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  • Definitely, I know of several people and I myself am one of them. I was younger than most of my peers as I was born in December and my friends were actually all January and February so I was nearly a year younger than half my class. They said birthdays from October to December were considered late and could have gone in later but my parents put me in earlier, realized I wasn't doing well so I repeated 3rd grade. I had severe anxiety but was misdiagnosed with ADHD at the time so that probably contributed a lot to my struggles.

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  • These days some people can repeat grades to get a competitive edge over other students.

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  • My friend went to collage to be a Base opera singer. Dropped out his second year, and is now working as IT support for some crappy company. Still has a beautiful voice.

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    • Welp of college didnt work you can always work until you can try again. That's the wonderful thing about america, you can FAIL and most times you can recover from the failure and try again, until you either make it or die.

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  • I left school with a hate of authority because the teachers were bastards. I did an apprenticeship and retired three years ago a senior aerospace quality engineer. I left school in 1964, I would have thought they had got their act together by now!

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    • Believe in yourself and don't let the bastards out there take advantage of you, in my last year still had arseholes trying it on.

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    • Well I'm hoping to get to be an apprentice sometime within the next few weeks to become a pipe fitter. What would you say is a help for apprentices that want to improve and become a high grade worker?

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  • Sort of. The school I went to was a grammar school (UK), so they were obsessed about keeping their grades high. Anyway, this one kid in the year must have been doing terribly, so they told him he had to either repeat the year or go to a different school. He chose to leave.

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  • I’ll tell you how I feel about school, It’s a waste of time. Bunch of people runnin’ around bumpin’ into each other, got a guy up front says “2 + 2,” and the people in the back say, “4.”

    Then the bell rings and they give you a carton of milk and a piece of paper that says you can go take a dump or somethin’. I mean, it’s not a place for smart people. I know that’s not a popular opinion, but that’s my two cents on the issue.

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  • When I was in middle school we had this one guy named Jason who was 17 and in 8th grade. It was like having an elderly person among us.

    He drove himself to school, had a criminal record, full facial hair, I mean damn, when you are some 14 year old in 8th grade but one of your class mates is 17, he seemed, he seemed, OOOOOOLLLLLLLLDDDDD.

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  • My brother is a big example of this.

    Despite of this, I look up to him because he's living my deepest fears.

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  • Yeah, I dropped out

    I had dyslexia pretty bad through school and struggled with reading and writing classes, failed my english language class so many times they wouldn’t let me try to retake it. I went to private school, then to a private program in Switzerland to try to fix out my difficulties. Failed out. Came back to take a few private school classes again before just dropping.

    My parents didn’t really care whether I got my education or not, they saw how much I struggled compared to my siblings and just decided I’d be better off learning the family business with them. My dad used to pull me out of school to go on week long trips to the US and China with him all the time.

    I do wish I sticked through it though, college would’ve been cool. They were going to let me in because of my family’s influence, but I ended up getting locked up instead.

    Though I’ve gotten enough training in important areas that I qualify for things anyway, so it isn’t that big a deal

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  • i went to a 4 year military academy for college and flunked selected classes cause i was fuckin around havin fun insteada doin academics

    i made sure the classes i flunked were general stuff i could take anywhere so i took em durin the summer after what shoulda been graduation at random city university and transferred the credits to academy

    academy people were pissed cause they usually git another semesters tuition but i had an ace in the hole cause id cleared the transfer with the dean previously so i ended up beatin the system sorta but waited an extra half year to git outta school and havin a job

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  • My boyfriend stayed back in kindergarten, as well as in the 12th grade. His brother was held back in kindergarten as well.

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    • How come kindergarten is such a common hold-back year? Seems most people who repeated any grade, it was K.

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  • Quite a few people in my secondary school were behind a year. It’s not that common in the UK to have to repeat a school year but that school did seem to attract “troubled” youths and people with bizarre home lives.

    After that I went to sixth form where one guy I knew dropped out because he scored so low on his first set of exams (worth a quarter of our final grades). This was bizarre because results for those exams across the year group were an abomination. Apparently he was planning to re-enroll the next year despite that being against school policy. We never saw him again.

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  • Never met one outside of my ged course. Nobody repeated grades we were all dropouts for various reasons

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  • I'm sure there were kids I went to elementary school with who had to repeat a grade, but that was half a century ago, and I can't recall them clearly.

    I quit high school the day after my sixteenth birthday - about a month and a half after I started Tenth Grade.

    I've made my share of poor decisions, but I've never regretted dropping out. I got my GED with very little study a few years later, spent nearly a decade in the military and did pretty well there, and then got a degree when I was in my early thirties. I'm reasonably content with how my life has turned out, although I'm sure I would have gone down a radically different path if I'd stayed in school and followed the normal route for bright kids and gone on to college immediately after. But the fact is that there wasn't the sort of supportive network around me when I was a kid that meant college was ever a real possibility.

    The one thing I find rather embarrassing to admit now is the true reason I decided to drop out. I had no problems with the academic side or the social aspects of HS, but gym was an enormous problem for me. Back then, there wasn't any alternative to the traditional, sweaty, very physical PE. From the time I was a little kid, I've hated exercise for exercise's sake, and I've never seen the point of working with a bunch of other guys to chase a ball of some sort around a field or court. I was also hideously shy as a kid, and the mandatory communal showers after PE were a nightmare for me.

    Since I knew I'd never get the PE credits necessary for me to graduate, I saw no point in hanging around and jumping through all the academic hoops.

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    • That's funny that you joined the military then. Still better than high school though eh?

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      • I see what you're saying, but I signed up when I was 20, so I was a little more relaxed about nudity by then, and I wasn't so stupid that I signed up for the Marines or even the Army. I didn't enjoy the PE aspects of Navy bootcamp, but it wasn't all that bad.

        But, yeah, compared to the military, everything in high school is just trivial BS.

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  • I repeated a grade due to my dyscalculia. I was 2 or 3 years behind in maths because before HS no one bothered to give me the proper help and support my school just didn't care so my second year of HS I wasn't done with grade 9 math. In HS I had a lovely principal though who was very willing to help out with the old math I had left and with the proper support I could finish off all that math in 2 weeks, I was already done with everything else so it was full focus on math and I got a great teacher who was good at explaining very clearly but then my last year I got no proper support again for the HS-math but I could've graduated anyway I just chose to repeat a grade only for the year of math I had left so I could complete it. Felt pretty useless to celebrate graduation with one subject missing. Only reason I regret it is I didn't graduate with my class due to that decision but that's not a huge deal really. To me grades were more important.

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  • Guy I went to primary school with repeated year 6 (5th grade) because he didn’t want to go to secondary school yet.

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  • My friends son had to repeat a grade, so did she (his mother). There were reasons for that. My little brother dropped out halfway through his last year of high school and regretted it years later. He had to go to night school for his GED. I hated school at the time and wanted to drop out but I didn't. I graduated and attempted college. That didnt last, but I tried.

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  • One of my classmates in elementary school was held back one year in 2nd grade- all his friends were in the grade above and there was a huge stigma attached to him up until 8th grade.

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