Theres a basic personality type in most professions. When teachers dont recognize it in students that could be just has smart, they not only dont encourage them, they discourage them. A teachers primary function is actually gatekeeper.
Me, my dad became a self made millionaire without college & constantly put the system down. He lost everything, not out of stupidity but, not caring about it anymore. I grew up in a cult that discouraged college.
I had a boyfriend who grew up in the jungles of Papua New Guinea , missionary parents. Intellectuals who didn't care about the status quo. He had the makings of an elite lawyer. Had emotional problems due to severe childhood abuse. He totally missed the boat.