Hi David, I really enjoyed your post and totally agree with you. I grew up watching Friends -I’m on early my twenties now- and honestly I think I’ve always felt like Ross (i have to add, he was kind of my teen crush too haha). While growing up one of the worst things I experienced was you realizing not even my family got me and even they pushed me to be “normal” and I’m not gonna lie, I tried -for years- I tried and I tried and I tried, really hard I’ll say. Until I realized, being smart is like having a super power, actually it is the best super power I can think of and even when I would never change that for anything it can also make you feel very lonely sometimes, because nobody gets you, even when they try they just can’t follow.
So congrats on empowering smart kids, I think being a teacher is an amazing way to inspire future leaders and those are not the ones who win popularity contests. Those as you mention, are the ones who create and develop knew knowledge, those are the ones who wonder and question the status quo, the ones who dream and believe … but they need -as we once did- to learn how to actually believe in themselves and to remain true to who they are.
Finaly, I would like to know what do you think of The Big Bang Theory? I hope to read an article in response soon.
*Excuse any grammar or spelling mistakes, english is not my native language.