I've had two of my screenplays optioned. I once (and hopefully again) shared an agency with Stephen King.
And I stopped writing for ten.goddamn.years because of shit literature lessons.
The pedagogy of literature is rank, rank, rank bullshit. I'm sure there are great teachers and professors out there but the only thing I ever got out of any English class is damage. I have stated to friends that have asked that the only reason I can think of for attending any high school reunion is the possible opportunity to punch some English teachers for stealing my life.