As a I teacher I was always a little skeptical of the idea that students needed to work all the time in order to get into a good college—and by all the time, I mean all the time, starting at the age of seven or eight, day and night, without rest. It seemed like too much. I was worried that if my students worked constantly in their childhood, only to enter college where they would work constantly, so that they could get a job where they would work constantly . . . well, then the thing they had been working for, which was, presumably, a happier life, would have been lost. Because, though I value hard work very highly, I also value a little down time now and then—a chance to step back, and appreciate the fruit of all that hard work.