As a high school student myself, I find that the US public high school system is flawed because it fosters a sense of extrinsic motivation (reward-seeking behavior) by encouraging students to study hard and do well in school to graduate, go to college, and seek a high-paying job. This eliminates the pleasure to learn and adds pressure to students nationwide; as a result, school is viewed as a burden by many teenagers (in the past, school was an exclusive privilege for the upper class!). High schools enforce this limited perception of success's meaning, and this takes away from the joy for learning (intrinsic motivation). Schools should promote a love for learning and instead foster a sense of intrinsic motivation to imbue success skills (i.e. focus, passion, drive to succeed) for the long term in students as they ascend into the "real world"