Companies like Kaplan and Princeton Review, as well as smaller boutique test prep businesses, can charge more than $1,000 per course. Private tutors often charge more than $15,000 a year. According to the College Board, the industry is largely built on teaching kids “tricks” and gimmicks to outsmart the test, as well as other skills and facts that even Coleman now admits have been disconnected from what kids learn in school. Part of Coleman’s SAT overhaul will scrap esoteric vocabulary and the non-evidence-based essay, with the goal of making the test more tied to schools’ curricula so that any student who studies hard can be sufficiently prepared for the test.
It’s the case that we spend most of our lives hovering in a non-place, forever afraid of commitment and always fearing uncertainty. At some point you’ve got to let go and let the universe make decisions for you, because despite the confidence you place in what you think of as free will, you are but a cog in a machine. Welcome to the human condition.
- ME: You're going to miss me so much.
- R: Miss you? I'll probably find something to replace you. It'll probably be cocaine.
- ME: [silence]
- R: [silence]
The most valuable skill of a successful entrepreneur … isn’t “vision” or “passion” or a steadfast insistence on destroying every barrier between yourself and some prize you’re obsessed with. Rather, it’s the ability to adopt an unconventional approach to learning: an improvisational flexibility not merely about which route to take towards some predetermined objective, but also a willingness to change the destination itself. This is a flexibility that might be squelched by rigid focus on any one goal.
Oliver Burkeman, from The Antidote
Don’t for one second think that the little things you do today aren’t laying the groundwork and structures for the grand path into your future, and don’t for one second forget that despite your confidence and good intentions, you will always be surprised by where that path into the future leads you.
The mind ought sometimes to be diverted that it may return to better thinking.
Phaedrus (via itsquoted)
In all the history of mankind there will be only one generation which will be the first to explore the solar system, one generation for which, in childhood the planets are distant and indistinct discs moving through the night, and for which in old age the planets are places, diverse new worlds in the course of exploration.