We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Over weekend, a TV ad came on telling me about one of the service where I could watch whatever I wanted when I wanted, even entire series, etc. I don't remember which.
I can eat whatever I want, when I want, watch whatever I want, when I want, read whatever I want, when I want.
Know what I can't do when I want? Complete the requirements of a class designed to provide me with a credentialed education. You must attend on a schedule you have not input into, read assignments as they are given, you can't make up a class you miss or most of the time the professor misses for whatever reason. Your class can be cancelled on the whim of an administrator for some lame exercise, usually with diversity in the title. And, God forbid, you might need to go over the material again. Hope your notes and memory are good.
Rather interesting how everything is becoming person centric except for education. And really odd, given there is ample evidence people can't just learn when they want to. Most learning is JIT. Insight comes at odd times, seldom during class hours, though.
Perhaps there should be a requirement for serious work experience before a student is admitted to post-secondary education. Even a bad job (and sometimes particularly a bad job) gives a young person valuable experience, a hard look at the real world, and a better understanding of his/her strengths and weaknesses. Also, as most of the world does not function on the previous commentator's premise of 'anything I want, when I want it', said job will - hopefully - instill some concepts of reliability and pride in one's work.
Also, there needs to be a serious discussion with high school students as to what their chosen major leads to, job-wise. A simple 'and how do you intend to feed yourself, not to mention pay off the loan' could lead a lot of these students to a much better life, and not just financially. Sometimes, one's passion is much better served by having a decent job and being an amateur on one's own time - being an amateur in the best sense of the word.