hairyfairy wrote:Iv`e read a couple of articles recently that claims children with the apoe4 gene are less intelligent that other genotypes. It claims that apoe4`s start life with a marked disadvantage, especially girls. This would explain why I got such terrible marks in school and left at 15 with no qualifications!
I'm sorry you had to leave school at 15, my friend. Since I'm 67 and started out as a high school English and social studies teacher in the 1970's, I know that in this country--and I suspect in the UK also, it was FAR more acceptable to allow or even encourage kids to drop out of school without any high school diploma or certifications.
And because I went back to school to study learning differences and spent the rest of my career trying to help kids be successful in school, I know that about 99% of the time, the reason why kids leave has NOTHING to do with their intelligence, and everything to do with the skill, energy, resources, and commitment of their teachers and school to creating a belief in the FACT that intelligence is not one thing, but many things. I knew people who could not sound out words who became astro-physicists, because their minds were wired for math and science, and others who didn't like school who became jewelers and construction managers and bakers and school bus drivers and on and on.
And, for what it's worth, as someone who tested LOTS of kids, I can tell from your wide-ranging interests, reading and good writing that you are plenty intelligent. So if there's a program near you that lets adults go back and get their certification, go for it!! You'll prove to yourself and everyone else that you are a smart cookie!