As in many careers, we always face many obstacles or challenges. We must overcome when making our career choices, deciding to be a dental hygienist isn’t any different. Charles Murray states in his book “Real Education”, “Schools have no choice but to leave many children behind” (43). In my opinion, our school system isn’t challenging the students enough. Therefore, causing them to fail within their education later in life, there is a gap in between the students who don’t need to be challenged and do well in school. There are also those who need to be challenged to be able to reach and understand their potential. In analyzing what he is saying, I gather that our school system is not doing its job in establishing a path for students to take, or make an educated decision about their future in any profession. For example, I want to become a dental hygienist, as early as Jr. High School, but I will keep it relatively as close to College as possible, so I will talk about High School. Counselors should take the role of a secondary parent to an extent; simply because that is their job and career they have chosen. They must know that such responsibilities come with such a demand; especially those of helping students plan a future based on what Murray calls abilities. In high school, we take a variety of classes. However, none of those classes (at least in my own experience) are connected with what they can potentially lead towards a certain career. For example, in the journal titled “Who wants to be a dental hygienist” Paul R. Palmer stated that “Students interested in a future career in dental hygiene should take high school courses in biology, chemistry, algebra, English, health occupations/medical professions education, geometry, psychology, computer skills, physical education, and speech.” Now, if I was told that taking speech, biology and math classes could prepare me for a dental hygienist career, I would have potentially asked questions like “what is a dental hygienist?” and “what do they do?” This would have led me to potentially be interested or at least get educated. I believe this to be the job of the teachers within our high school years, and the counselors, as this is mainly their whole job description. The counselors should have a quarterly meeting with all the students whom they are assigned to, talk and explore such paths. It is my strongest believe that if this was discussed or at least made an effort with me during high school, this would have opened my eyes to a different journey, or perhaps not- but surely a different one I am currently living.