Millions of high school students who should be acquiring the education and skills that will enable them to lead the 21st century global economy are being shortchanged by America's public school system.
Co-founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel, is encouraging going cold turkey. Instead of fighting the war against drug addiction, the vice here is conservatism, being ordinary and taking the safe route in life.
Having a sense of purpose is also a key ingredient for student success. If students can connect what they are learning to a positive future for themselves they are far more likely to do what it takes to succeed in school.