I appreciate this comment. I, too, feel as though I've been a pretty successful student. People have told me I could "do better" than teaching. Yes, I'm sure I could also succeed in a career with better pay, upward mobility, etc., but I've wanted to teach ever since I was in elementary school. Of course, it makes it much more difficult when society looks at teaching as a "less successful" career. That bothers the heck out of me! I completely disagree with the assumptions of this article. In all honesty, education needs the smartest and most successful individuals!