Like everyone in the audience at BIF, I was pretty much blown away by Matthew. He was so focused, yet modest; engaged and driven to be great.
As the days passed and I reflected about Matthew and his story, I realized that one of the reasons his story stood out is he's exceptional, a true outlier, and I wondered why that is. Why aren't more kids like him?
- Is it that schools educate for compliance and not creativity and innovation? It's noteworthy how much Matthew has learned outside of the traditional classroom.
- Is it that many of Matthew's peers are now medicated, for ODD or other disorders?
- Is it that media consumption -- encompassing television, computers, and cell phones -- helps pacify and subdue kids?
- Is it consumerism, which weakens self-reliance and independent decision making?
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This is part of my 31 (More) Days of #BIF7 blog series.