On the same note, I'm also interested in hearing thoughts about hacking education by reducing the number of years we spend in school. I'm a proponent of the belief that we inevitably fill up the amount of time we've allocated to a project, even if it doesn't end up resulting in an improved product (Can't remember, does this come from the 4-day work week?). I don't have the numbers, but I recall seeing the stats somewhere that American students have significantly more vacation time and therefore less school days than their counterparts in Europe and Asia.
Me too. There does not seem to be much correlation with long-term achievement (relative to other smart people who aren't prodigies). There is usually a vicariously overachieving parent or two in the picture.
I'm interested in the subject because, like a lot of people here, I was a mild case of it myself. Looking back, I'd say it led to early burnout. I don't think it did much good - but then, as an old professor of mine used to say, "Life does not bear counterfactuals."
They're trying to teach you to take the initiative and do something other than complain (no offense) or not utilize your tools in front of you at 110%.
Don't like high school classes because they're boring or stupid? Then go to where good classes are. When I was in HS I went to the community college part time -- I just wheeled in and asked and they said yes.
It's a good thing you've figured this out already, but boy is school going to be painful from now on. Everybody else is probably going to tell you otherwise, but perhaps you should consider a radical change in your education plans, especially if things just get worse. Maybe leaving in a couple of years and doing something more worthwhile, even if that just means going to college early. I know it sounds risky, and others reading this might even think I'm being irresponsible in telling you this. But I'd at least keep your options open.
No school, no ideology, no government, no schoolbook, no person. Don't spend your time lamenting that fact and using it as an excuse not to do your best.
In your situation right now, this week, this month, you can try to make the best of what you have. Understand the limitations, sometimes improve the system around you.
By complaining and feeling helpless, you will defeat yourself. I have lots of experience at this :)
I did this. I attended college at Simon's Rock, a school that accepts students after their second or third year of high school. There are a few other schools with similar programs. In addition, I took the max workload every semester and graduated from college in 3 years, resulting in me starting my PhD at the age of 20.
Still, I feel I could have cut off another 2 years from high school.
but to be fair, edison was gifted by being deft -- that's why he invented phonograph
Yeah, but I think that the European counterparts are getting a significantly better education. The reason I say this is because we have a lot of emphasis on rounding out students with solid liberal arts foundations in our American undergraduate programs, whereas Europeans are able to skip straight to specialization - probably a result of a more formidable intellectual foundation.
Looks like he still has some things to learn