I was Valedictorian of PS 42 Elementary School in Queens, NY (not telling what year).
I skipped 8th Grade in the 2 Year SP - Specialized Program of accelerated learning.
I graduated in the Top 10 percentile of my high school class of over 1250 graduating students. Yes, 1250 seniors; the Far Rockaway High School student body was so huge that freshmen and sophomores went in the morning, juniors and seniors in the afternoons.
I missed out on the most important education of my life.
What I really learned in school was how to be a People Pleaser. I was never asked to consider what was important to me; what I wanted for myself. Were you?