To be fair, a bunch of that is rote memorisation and I think that doesn't have as much value when we have things like Google. I personally have found the ability to self-learn the most valuable skill. Once I got a handle on that I was able to teach myself a lot more than I ever learnt at either school or uni. In the age of the internet, where facts can be looked up virtually instantly, the ability to critically analyse information is more useful in my opinion. I agree on most of what's been said about education so far though. It needs a huge overhaul. But the thing is it never should have got to that point. It should be able to change as needed to match people's actual needs. If the customers needs aren't being met, if they aren't getting value, then the provider should face the threat of other competitors offering better services and ultimately bankruptcy if they don't get their act together. No such threat exists today. Education services are largely to provide for the needs of the people working in the industry, not so much those who actually use the services. EDIT: and just to add, I think humans are learning machines. We want to learn about our world, but the school system as it exists discourages people from that and puts them off. I think when most people actually discover the joy of learning things they enjoy it. Too many get put off early in life though.