So, here's the idea... a lot of primary school students will never go to college, (or at least never graduate), and don't need to go to college for the jobs they'll eventually work at.
So, primary schools (In the US, high schools) should offer two parallel course routes...
The academic route would prepare a student for higher education. It would teach literature, essay writing, calculus, advanced algebra, chemistry, physics, et cetera...
The practical route would prepare a student for entering the workforce directly. It would teach critical reading skills, resume writing, personal accounting/finance, and practical work skills like carpentry, commercial truck driving, welding, auto repair, computer data entry, electrical systems, operating manufacturing machines, et cetera...
(Basically, it would teach basic life skills, plus a lot of the things that 'technical colleges' teach.)
Some courses, like second languages, basic history, principles of government, et cetera would be common to both course routes, since such things could benefit students in either situation.
Personally, I think this would greatly benefit the students who don't go on to higher education. Instead of putting them into the workforce as a completely unskilled worker, it would put them into the workforce as someone who already knows useful skills, enabling them to go directly to good, middle-class jobs like telephone system maintenance rather than into lower-class jobs like working the fryalator at a fast food restaurant. -- All at no cost to them, unlike the current system of 'technical colleges', where you still have to go to a (costly) secondary school if you want any practical work skills.
Isn't that what they are doing in Germany? It is a system where students who don't have an aptitude or interest for attending University attend different schools after Primary School depending where their interests lie. For example, the most basic track would be students who are only interested in learning occupations on an apprenticeship basis. Then there is an intermediate track where students are taking more advanced subjects so they could attend technical colleges for commerce. And then a higher track for preparing students for University.
ha,it is good idea..