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The New York Times tells the story of Jilly Dos Santos, a Missouri student who took an AP world history class that "explores the role of leadership":
Students were urged to find a contemporary topic that ignited their passion. One morning, the teachers mentioned that a school board committee had recommended an earlier start time to solve logistical problems in scheduling bus routes. The issue would be discussed at a school board hearing in five days. If you do not like it, the teachers said, do something.
Jilly did the ugly math: A first bell at 7:20 a.m. meant she would have to wake up at 6 a.m.
She had found her passion.
Jilly is my hero. The kids these days are all right in my book.