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What’s High School For?

Seth Godin offers a short list of what students should be doing in high school, ending with,

An insatiable desire (and the ability) to learn more. Forever.

Most of all, the self-reliance that comes from understanding that relentless hard work can be applied to solve problems worth solving.

Clearly he hasn’t actually attended high school anytime in the past decade (maybe two).

However, Godin’s list makes an excellent outline for what our curriculum at all levels should be.



  1. David Wees

    I’m not sure I understand your claim. Are you saying that it is unreasonable to expect students to have that desire, and the willingness to work hard to solve problems?

  2. Tim

    I’m saying that the list Godin posted is what we should be teaching in high school instead of test prep. Most of the students I’ve taught were more than capable of solving difficult problems. And it’s certainly reasonable for them to develop a love of learning with the right curriculum and guidance.

    Sorry, guess I was being too subtle.

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