What is High School for?

I found a great blog post from Seth Godin.. It was his “What is High School for?” Simple and powerful statements. Something needs to change. When I recently was hiring new employees – there has been a big change in the quality level. Below is that list..

• How to focus intently on a problem until it’s solved.
• The benefit of postponing short-term satisfaction in exchange for long-term success.
• How to read critically.
• The power of being able to lead groups of peers without receiving clear delegated authority.
• An understanding of the extraordinary power of the scientific method, in just about any situation or endeavor.
• How to persuasively present ideas in multiple forms, especially in writing and before a group.
• Project management. Self-management and the management of ideas, projects and people.
• Personal finance. Understanding the truth about money and debt and leverage.
• 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.

I’m pretty sure that we can all agree on those.. When I think back to my days of high school (that is a ways back), not all were covered, but many were. The ones that I took to heart were life long learning, scientific method, leading peers, relentless hard work and solving problems with focus. I would also like to challenge parents to instill some of these as well. I would like to add just a couple…

• Keeping sports and arts for mind and body improvements. Taking care of yourself. Also adding competition and drive for excellence…
• Help find that inner passion. What will fuel you to be great?

Anything you want to add? Or subtract?