I have a masters in education and I could not agree more. Our schools, including and, perhaps especially higher ed, have pitifully low expectations. We are doing an excellent job of churning out spectacularly mediocre, docile thinkers. I think I got away with reading a total of 3 good works of fiction in 6 years of college. How can that be?
I think I would enjoy poker, but being a musician has taught me to make important decisions quickly and with deadly accuracy just as well as anything I can imagine. The pay may not measure up to poker however.
In college, no one was talking about healthy eating or opening their own business either. It was all pizza, burgers and finding a good paying 9-5. Once I removed myself from the stultifying contstaints of school, work and negative people, my world was open and began to make good choices for myself. My time means something now and I guard it like a rabid animal.