A Tale Of Two Sons
Since he was a child, he has been fascinated with all things military. When he was ten, I took him and his brother to a local air show. We visited a display of WWII equipment. He astounded the people at the display by spouting off specs about various weapons from both sides. He even discussed the usefulness of the various weapons in relation to others. He participated in Army JROTC all four years of high school and did quite well in terms of awards and promotions. There is only one thing preventing him from a career in the military: he is deaf in one ear. While his academic grades were in the A and B realm, he had to work his ass off to get them...math was his nemesis. He's good with his hands and is able to understand systems...be it mechanical or electrical. He has had an upper level gaming computer since he was 16 and has never bought a computer from a store or paid anyone to rebuild, upgrade or repair his. He's now 21 and he has never considered college. He has a job and is considering what he wants to do with his life.
Since he was introduced to the clarinet in the fourth grade, he has always known that music will be a major part of his life. He is one of those people who find academics...especially math and science...very easy to understand. He's achieved straight A's without having to break a sweat. He briefly considered a career in the physical sciences, but his love of music has trumped that. He also found, during high school, that he has a knack...and an enjoyment...in helping others become better musicians. For him, secondary education and beyond has always been a given. For him to proceed in his field it is a requirement. He's 18 and a Freshman in college this year.
The message to be taken from my tale is that it depends on the person whether secondary education is a good thing or not. It is more important to find your passion and do whatever is necessary to make it a part of your life. It is also more important to develop useful character traits such as determination, thoughtfulness and work ethic. Both of my sons would lesser young men without these traits.
btw, I didn't respond to the poll because there wasn't an option to match my opinion.