Erin and I had an interesting and very funny conversation last night. She is absolutely loving the structure that school is giving her days and is feeling ambitious and hungry for plenty of challenge both musically and academically. But last night she asked me "why am I doing these courses? what are they good for?"
She knew what the answers might be ... because you enjoy the subject matter, because you want the intellectual challenge, because you like the structure and busy-ness you now have in your days, because the goal of course completion helps motivate you, because some day a few official credits might help prove your academic potential to an admissions office or an employer, because you might decide to pursue a high school diploma. And so I told her all this and she laughed and said, "yeah, I know, but what's the point, really? There are other ways to do that. Why do people do this stuff?"
And so I told her that she was much farther ahead in her understanding than 99% of school students, most of whom just assume that there must be some fundamental meaning to school, even if they can't see it themselves. She, on the other hand, knew there was no de facto point to school coursework, that the value in schooling is something that has to do with how well it serves your goals, needs, desires and aspirations -- it's something that is best discovered and defined for yourself.
So she said "yeah, but what do I get -- what's the point?"
She was just being a goof. She was laughing.
I said "oh, sweetie, that's an answer you'll have to find deep within your very own self."
By that point we were both laughing.
But it was a very deep and meaningful conversation anyway.