Today was report card day for our first grader. The most difficult thing about reviewing his report card with him was talking him down from his belief that everything is cool and he doesn't need to improve on anything. "It's really easy to slip into mediocrity," I reminded him, somewhat sternly, over dinner. "There are starving kids in China who would love to have your mashed potatoes and peas, and would also love to have your job twenty years from now. If you want to be college and career ready you'd better get cracking." He sighed and picked up an iPad.