It seems that our current educational system (and our beliefs about intelligence) seem to be one-way. You work to get a degree, become an expert in a field. However, the first 12 years of schooling encourage a narrow idea of what's considered intelligent, valuable information. It's arguable that the idea of college education is now a BUSINESS, it's competitive, and it's grossly unaffordable by LOTS of people. (Shut the fuck up about loans and grants, those are TRAPS, and they're traps that aren't available to everyone, so somebody's getting left by the wayside. The ones I know who do/did get loans are living paycheck to paycheck, barely getting by trying to pay Sally back). Anywho, Jillian Lynn (sp?), who choreographed Cats and Phantom of the Opera, had problems in school. In the 30's, when she was in school, officials suggested that she might have a learning disorder, ADD wasn't "conceived" yet. She was fidgety, disturbing people, late homework, etc... She was taken to a specialist who left her in the room alone, and took her mother outside. He turned the radio on before he left and she almost immediately stood up and started moving around. This woman went on to become a world-renowned choreographer, but if she was in the educational system in the 90's or 2000's, she would've been given a prescription for Ridelin and told to sit down and behave.:frown1: Are we trying to create mindless drones? Are we discouraging creativity? Why are the arts down at the bottom of the well? Where does that put people who's talents lie IN the arts? There are LOTS of people who make decent, moderate living in the arts, so why do we treat them as if they're a dead-end? Every child isn't meant to be a college professor or CEO.