In the United States, government-funded education provided to children through grade 12 is considered a right. In a system fraught with inequalities as to income, race and developmental abilities, some have come to see getting a quality education in the U.S. a privilege not offered to all.
Faced with a truant officer when skipping school, many American children find education to be a right enforced upon them, but most students find school to be an inevitable part of life. In countries in which education is a privilege offered only to those who work at it, students put their entire attention and effort into the process, understanding that their ability to move up in their studies depends on their progress. This brings forth the idea that, much like the car a teenager earns himself, the things worked for are all the more valuable and appreciated.