WASHINGTON — The war in Ukraine has prompted the biggest rethinking of American foreign policy since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, infusing the United States with a new sense of mission and changing its strategic calculus with allies and adversaries alike.
I have spent the past few months (and more to come) studying global world history. I recently realized I missed two years of K-12 education (due to injuries, illness and foolishly leaving high school one year early to go to college) and never had any world history education. I am now catching up.
I’ve learned that “leaders” have long sought power by invading each other’s territory – for access to land, resources, people – or just because.
Watching Putin invade Ukraine is just watching history repeat itself. As humans, we have learned absolutely nothing. War seems to be the natural state of humanity.
 I never graduated from high school but did go on to complete a B.S. in computer science, an M.S. in software engineering (age 54) and an MBA (age 41). Others I know who left high school early all say they regret having done that. Today there are plenty of options to maximize your high school time, including access to AP and IB courses, and many schools have opportunities to take college credit courses either at the high school or at local colleges.