Speaking from Scotland and having left school almost ten years ago, I feel that schools here also fail to prepare you for the wider world. So much is focused on academia and the academic route. Even those whom are academic are not necessarily going to stay in education for one reason or another. Don't think schools covered enough, the world of work, how to seek jobs and standout in a crowded and competitive job market.
Social skills developed as much out of the classroom as in it, feel fortunate to be brought up in a more inclusive and non-gendered stereotyped school environment. Feel that, that modernity has made people of mine and subsequent generations more accepting and less judgemental of others. Feel myself veering off topic slightly. Feel that there was more room for adults to share personal experience at school about life, work, further education and so on. It can be very difficult to navigate things and worries may have been eased by being able to recall an individuals shared experience. I guess a question here, which personally I can relate. Do modern schools make their students too soft? Not such a product of schooling but it contributes, modern society has bred entitlement too. Encountered a fair few people who think that they are owed something and are not prepared to work for it. An expectation of instant results in this internet/technological age where you need wait for nothing.