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    The precise point is that you can't teach them "skills" they "learn by doing" because the workplace "skills" you will need after school aren't known. There are important concepts and ideas like,yes, scientific knowledge, reading, writing, knowledge of literature, math, etc. It turns out that these things can actually be tested and measured. And it's necessary to keep track of this because so many times people will just float by without learning anything, which is why we get students with such abysmal writing and math skills in college.

    Now, I grant you, yes, there are certain people who are just never going to learn that much in school, and there is a certain value to giving them "something to do" so they don't find the experience totally unpleasant and get some time to mature and aren't permanently scarred by the time they graduate, but that's just another form of "giving up", honestly. For many of us, school is something much more than babysitting while we grow up and learn to "play well with others."

    Also, incidentally, my family has farmers in it. It's actually hard work that needs to be taught and mentored. Otherwise, it's just a gardening hobby.

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