Kids are great because they are blank pages waiting to be written. But then we send them to school and punish them if they don't learn what Harold or Henry did or who wrote which boring book about things no normal person cares two-figs about.
We fill their heads with knowledge that is 100% useless and pretend that all that totally useless knowledge will be important for a future career - that will only serve to make them unhappy and poor. Yes - poor. Study law and join the swelling ranks of unemployed lawyers. Study accountancy and join the swelling ranks of solo accountants desperate for work. Study music and become yet another unemployable musician who can play numbingly dreary sonatas that nobody wants to hear.
Nobody cares about your received wisdom, your acceptable views on life, or your established order - least of all me!
You want to learn something new? Good! Learn something new - just make sure it is nothing any teacher would be allowed to teach in a school or university.
I’m guessing you didn’t like school. I did for the most part and though there were some teachers who didn’t exactly enthuse me I think that the subjects they taught were the necessary spread and foundation for getting on in life.
I did a history degree, it didn’t become my job but it’s very useful in understanding where we are now and hopefully prevents us from making similar mistakes now.
Science underscores all the technology we take for granted and enables us to look for vaccines for Covid 19.
Maths and English (in my case) are vital for all of those studies.
Geography informs us about all the countries we choose or have to deal with for food and raw materials and helps contextualise history, transport routes in particular.
Languages such as french in my case could be argued as a luxury, however as one German chancellor said (paraphrased) ‘I am happy to sell our products to you in English, however if you wish to sell your products to us then you will have to speak German’.
Music, there’s no way around it, it can be boring doing scales, learning how to read scores and understand how chords are constructed, but the pleasure once learned is considerable, and there are associated improvements in Maths.
Without a good spread of those subjects it’s that much harder to go and study all those other exciting (non school) subjects.
As for well qualified solicitors and accountants, they are usually well educated and have the ability to either retrain or change emphasis e.g. move from criminal law into internet based law, it’s still the wild west out there and governments are moving in to regulate it more. It’s just the way things are at the moment, fast moving and very competitive, no one is owed a living but a good education gives you a much better chance.