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Sometimes I’ll read an editorial and think, “wow, that’s harsh”. This was an example over this past week. Here was the quote that struck me:
Today’s school system results in three general patterns of high school graduates: 1) students who peak in high school and live off the social capital they created as students, often not attending college, failing out, or coasting; 2) students who finish high school, go to college, and then establish a career that’s either unfulfilling or doesn’t have longevity in today’s shifting workforce; and 3) students who are far more ready to contribute to society in meaningful ways with or without college, whose motivation and ideas come from somewhere else, and while the system may nurture them, it is not always the reason for their success.
At first I thought – it can’t be that bad! So I thought back to my last high school reunion (if that’s a fair sampling) and most of the attendees really did fall squarely into one of these three patterns. There were plenty of folks from Bucket #1, busting their butts to make ends meet in relatively dead-end jobs. There was a whole collection of college-educated people with financially successful but unfulfilling careers who were making mid-life career changes – Bucket #2. There were a fair number of people who had experienced job loss and were back in school to retool for another career – again, Bucket #2. Then there were the ones who “didn’t amount to much” by the yardstick of high school, who were now running their own businesses or succeeding in other less straightforward paths – Bucket #3. There were 50 people in that room at least… I can picture one who was doing what he went to college to do, and was happy and successful at it.
I still think the quote is harsh. But I also think the author may be more right than we want to admit. And even if not – we can do better. There is too much passion, too many hopes and dreams in those teenage years to squander them in the artificial bubble of high school.
Thanks again for your phenomenal support this week. You are appreciated!