Success is never delivered. Success is earned. It comes from working in an environment where growth occurs, is nurtured, and is acknowledged.
Some few students are blessed with the ability to function through self-motivated and self-directed action. They don’t need anyone else. The rest of us work in a noisy social environment and base our progress on our relationships with family, peers, and instructors.
As modern schools become less and less welcoming, even to the point where they can no longer provide a truly rich environment for every student, some students fall through the cracks. Of course some succeed, but many students just get by. They focus on the social elements they can control by building a network of friends and avoiding trouble with instructors and school administrators. They get called “good students” because they don’t cause trouble. They learn the skill of being a “good kid” and live within a set of habitual behaviors that lets them slide through school without making any mark.
When these students enter the workplace or head off to college, they have to break habits formed by years of just getting by. Work and college are competitive. Students need to know how to be productive. They have to think creatively and effectively. They must develop a firm base of knowledge and skill that makes them stand out from the crowd. In the process of succeeding, they should choose a path that fills them with excitement and sets them up for a life of purpose.
Students need the attention and guidance of instructors who dedicate themselves to creating a new set of habits in students. They need small group interaction with peers who are on the path to success. They need encouragement to stretch their minds and develop their skills with strong goals in mind. They need instructors who can spend the time necessary to recognize and guide individual growth.