Education is kind of like training for a "Strongman" competition.... Those guys spend dedicated YEARS working out to build their muscles to compete against others for the brass ring. It's the same in education. Kids need to spend years of dedication... teaching their brain how to work well, think, and solve problems. THAT'S what society/business pays for in the real adult world. And just as a 90-lb weakling can't compete against a muscle man, a kid who "never did nothin' in school" can't compete for a well-paying job and the lifestyle it brings. Simple as that!