THE PROBLEM WITH HIGH SCHOOL
High school for most now is purposeless and lacks meaning. The three words that 22,000 high school students used most to describe their high school experience: bored, tired, and stressed. At high achieving school districts, this boredom is combined with an intense pressure for academic performance that robs many students of their curiosity. As one “successful” senior told us recently:
High school has become a thing to “get through” not a place to start your journey to a purposeful, meaningful life. As another student told us, “I view school as: this will get me into college, and then I can finally do what I want. College is really when you can be passionate about what you want to do.” But high school does not have to be this way. It has the possibility to be meaningful, powerful, and transformative.