Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Educational Tyranny of the Neurotypicals

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Educational Tyranny of the Neurotypicals

Hexbyte Tech News Wired

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired

Robert Warren/Getty Images

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired

Robert Warren/Getty Images

Structured learning didn’t serve me particularly well. I was kicked out of kindergarten for running away too many times, and I have the dubious distinction of having dropped out of two undergraduate programs and a doctoral business and administration program. I haven’t been tested, but have come to think of myself as “neuroatypical” in some way.

“Neurotypical” is a term used by the autism community to describe what society refers to as “normal.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 59 children, and one in 34 boys, are on the autism spectrum—in other words, neuroatypical. That’s 3 percent of the male population. If you add ADHD—attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—and dyslexia, roughly one out of four people are not “neurotypicals.”

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