One of Chongo's friends -- the very talented artist one -- said, "CHS (Competitive High School) has taken so much and given me so little."
"What do you mean by that?"
"Well, I guess it's taught me to think more critically, but it's taken so much of my time. I could have been out exploring the world."
When he puts it that way, my heart agrees with him.
Although I trust and deeply hope, that CHS actually prepares students to explore and engage the world, my fear is that conforming to the world is valued too highly. Because at the end of the day artistic talent, witty observations and some deep thinking about life doesn't pay the bills or get you into too many colleges.