Oh I know. I was reading at college level by first grade and got bored pretty quick. My mom refused to let me skip ahead because she thought it would be wrong for me NOT to be around kids my own age. That blew up in her face when I turned out to be bullied and a loner. I guess I see her point but I think letting a kid skip a grade, maybe two, wouldn't do any damage.The aove statements are all true. I did the same as you did, was reading at a college level in fourth grade, and my parents were big fans of saying "Look it up, honey."
So I did.
I still love the library.
As far as public schools go, I am constantly getting the impression with my own kids that the teachers just want to hold the smarter kids back and keep everyone dumbed down to one level.