I certainly agree that Education should primarily be to make the student Functional in Life. And clearly not everyone is going to be a quantum Physicist, or even remotely talented in that way. The cookie cutter education that is being pushed now seems to me to be inadequite for Fuctional and Specialized. I'm not really sure what is to be done, but I know what has failed, so perhaps we can avoid the Past?
My wife's youngest Sister is a Freshman this year in High School, and she is getting horrible grades, because the Councilors put her in classes she has no background in and little skill in. In example, she took very basic Math in junior high and now got thrown into Medium level Algebra... because that is what the councilors said was needed to get a Mid level high school degree. I did not even know there was varying degrees of certificates from high schools before this. Well anyway, they told her that if she failed (Which she is...), she could just keep on taking the class over again till she passed. And I thought... why didn't they let her take the Pre-Algebra class to begin with and then she could pass both classes? The answer I got from her Mom was because this is what the councilors decided for her. So instead of going step by step, with success. She is forced to failure over and over again till she somehow learns the math she was forced to skip. Seemed idiotic to me.
My 4 year old is very bright and is always asking questions. And I try to talk to her of the world and what is going on around us. So that when she gets into the world more, she will realize when people are throwing BS at her. I know that way too many kids get to school and just eat up like buttered bread whatever is taught to them, including from the other kids.