After today, it's clear that the day Dumbledore had foreseen is now here. Mainly because the most frequently asked question from students today was "is it easy?" The seniors had the chance to choose their research novels during for the coming project in March. While some were excited and prepared, most selected their stories based solely on the title. Some female students selected Heart of Darkness, likely because it had the word "heart" in the title while some male students selected Pride and Prejudice due to the off-putting and snarky nature of the title. (I'm hoping they all trade places soon). And yes, many students simply guessed blindly, asking one question: "Is it easy?"
Bill Gates once said "if I had a difficult task, I would give it to a lazy person; he'd find a way to make it simple." In a lot of ways, that's true. There is value in simplifying work, in removing unnecessary clutter, and cutting right to the heart of the matter. On the contrast, there is danger in hoping for something to simply be easy. The Penguins had an "easy" path to a Stanley Cup in 1993 and 2010 and were swiftly defeated by the Islanders and Canadians. Hoping that your obstacles become simple will never get you through them...you have to be better than "easy".
So as the seniors begin to begin the beginning of the end, let us hope they heed Dumbledore's advice. You don't get a first name like "Albus" for nothing.