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Failing 9th grade for the second year in row, A.J. Swan had accepted that he wasn't going to graduate from his Vermont high school. He'd barely made it this far, after being held back in 7th grade.

It wasn't that he wasn't learning, he said, but he didn't find what he was learning important and didn't feel a need to write it down _ as homework and papers _ to show he knew...

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