What do you believe about children and their education? Is education a preparatory experience? Preparation for what?
I believe motivated children can take advantage of their education to create their own future. When teachers use motivation-increasing techniques such as giving students choice, providing students with models, and connecting academics to real world topics students care about; the resulting increased student motivation leads to increased student achievement. Increased student achievement leads to greater opportunities for students in high school, college, and beyond.
Education is preparation for life after high school. Students must be exposed to a variety of subjects and ideas during school, in order to open their minds to the limitless possibilities that await them in the real world. They must also then learn the knowledge and skills (these days, more skills) that will serve them best once they enter the real world.