I was an out-of-the-box thinker in junior high and high school.
The classes seemed mostly nonsense to me. When would I ever use this stuff?
The only classes of benefit would be typing and English.
45 years later, that viewpoint remains the same.
My dad was a university professor, and my sister graduated from college. At 14 years old, in 1967, I made a $10 bet with my sister that I would not attend. This year she came across my typed bet, and sent it to me with a ten dollar bill.
My high school English teacher, Robert Zach, had understanding. He said that for students like me it would be more beneficial to have classes held in a jet that would fly around the world. He arranged for me to interview Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and asked me to be editor of the high school literary magazine, Myriad. Scanned pages are part of the hub, 'Love in the Greater Reality.'
In junior high, I wrote a paper titled 'Man' & gave it to my earth science teacher with a request for confidentiality. In it, I expressed feelings about the way man treats animals as objects and possessions, and how he treats his fellow man. The teacher brought it to the school counselor, they brought in my parents, & I went to a psychologist! An outcome was that I spent the summer tenting alone in remote wilderness with my dog as a sort of 'learn to appreciate society' therapy.
In high school, there were moments of inspiration. Once a teacher gave the class a 'problem' & saw that I was using another approach to solve it. Another time I gave an impassioned speech in class, & the teacher, known for never giving above a B, gave me an A-. When he asked me in front of the class what grade I thought the speech deserved, my answer was, 'I did not give it for a grade.'
I did not go to school to be a good student. I was marking time until I would be on my own. In junior high, I made a calendar with the number of days until graduation, & marked off each day.
School systems would do well to look at education from new perspectives. I know this is being done to an extent. Our teenaged grandson told me he is hyped about a horticultural class offered for the new year. Schools also could look at classes which would help students develop self-worth, -awareness and -responsibility. There is enough scientific evidence of the effect on the body of raw emotions, which are stored or explode into violence. There are tools for growing into emotional independence. This & other 'should' be taught before math in my view.