Our current school system is VERY unnatural, especially when it comes to high school. High school is like putting a bunch of wild animals in a small cage and hoping they all survive. I agree with your thoughts exactly, TC.
I think massive reforms in the educational system are necessary. The idea of K-12 grades should really be eliminated past 5th or 6th grade, and instead there should be more individualized options for kids to take classes at whatever level they are at. This could easily be done through computerized teaching, which for many children is more effective than the standard in the classroom teaching. For the kids who would do better in the classroom, they can have that option available.