But I really think I'm above what my English teacher is having us do. I'm not an amazing writer or linguist, but I am a great reader. I was reading at a 12th grade level when I was in 5th grade. The unit we are doing now is on personal reflective essays. Cool... We read one this week from September 12, 2001. "The Case For Rage and Retribution" by Lance Barrow. In it, he makes allusions to Hitler, Pearl Harbor, USS Cole, etc... So, we get it on Teusday... She reads it to us, and we have to go home answer some questions, and define a few vocab words from the article. No problem. We leave it alone until Friday, and then I start getting annoyed. She reads it AGAIN! And this time, stops to explain all the little tricks of writing... Rhetoric, allusions, etc.. All the while I'm thinking "Ya, lady, contrary to popular belief, we aren't idiots." After class, I start bitching to a couple friends about it, and they are like "Man, I'm glad she did it. I didn't get that article at all!" So, basically everyone in my school is an idiot. Except me... Because I have been reading and paying attention since I was 10. Great.