I don't remember the details, but I was once considered for special classes. I do remember going to take special courses in reading and speaking, and they wanted to hold me back a grade at least once in elementary school. Do I have trouble reading? To this day. Do I have trouble pronouncing words? Yup. And I was socially awkward and emotionally stoic, so they said, "we should give up on bringing him up with the other students." My parents said no.
There are lots of kids out there who are like me or Joe, who are told "you are a problem child" for one reason or another. And that's that, they're assumed to be the type of student who can only be educated to a certain level. Yet, ironically, I started doing poorly in high school because I passed all my tests in every subject without studying, which means I didn't do homework. When my grades dropped (to a 3.0), it was because I wasn't being challenged. I got college credit on every one of my AP exams, I was accepted in the the Big Ten university of my choice, I did well above average on the ACTs without studying, I graduated with two college degrees, one of them a dual major with a specialization, in four and a half years. How many students out there like me are told, "You can't do this like normal people" and just give up?
Surely there are hundreds or thousands of students my age who could and would make me look like shit-smearing zoo animal if they had been given the opportunity to move forward without being labeled and fitting into the role they saw themselves in. Instead, some of these kids never get beyond the fourth grade reading level because "There's only so much you can do to help those people."