High School Does Not Matter

Jessica Bruder has one of those articles in The New York Times Sunday Book Review on how the geeks from high school rule the world. SteveM disagrees. This conventional wisdom  provided an amusing plot device for a number of movies and television shows. It appears true if you look at Bill Gates, and even appears true if you look at a lot of others who have made fortunes in Silicon Valley. I’m sure there are many cases where this is not true. In reality, high school just does not matter all that much. If anyone is going to accomplish something significant in life, they are certainly not exactly as they were in high school. There are also many paths to success which suit different types of people.

Believing that the geeks will ultimately rule is reassuring to some. Hopefully the message that high school does not matter all that much provides at least as much benefit.

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    Jim Z. says:

    Good post.  Having attended four decennial high school reunions to date, it continues to amaze me who, from my class, accomplishes what.  There is no formula, and these “outcomes” continue to evolve even after all these years.  Success seems to come to those with the right attitude, in addition to those with the right smarts, heritage, and grades.  And what croud the individual ran with as a teen?  Hardly registers, it seems.

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    Charles says:

    I strongly disagree. While a few geniuses will succeed no matter what, most of us need the structure of education and the critical thinking skills we gain during it, to be successful.

    I’m certainly no Bill Gates. To generalize from him to all people is a huge stretch.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Charles, that has nothing to do with the topic here. The reference to Bill Gates concerns the question of the success of nerds, not a question of whether high school education is necessary. The post does not generalize about Bill Gates. If anything it does the opposite.

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