In a book I read this week, The Anti-Education Era by James Paul Gee, the author tries to break down why people, even smart people, make bad decisions and choices. He goes through what it takes to make a good decision and a number of different influences and causes for making bad decisions. In a short paper, that you can read here, I wrote about 2 of the 5 conditions that Gee believes need to be present for good decision making, strong prior knowledge and meaningfulness behind the decision. I specifically discuss how these two conditions affect my students’ decisions to go on to college. I’m hoping to increase the number of college graduates my school produces and thinking about how and why students are making choices is an important aspect in education.