I sometimes wonder if I would have made a great tennis player or if I would be more fulfilled as an artist: a modern day Picasso. I wonder about those passions I would have excelled at that I don't even know about.
The answer is simple: I didn't have the opportunity to try my hands at these activities. In other cases, I didn't have the opportunity to explore them more.
I think humanity as a race will be much better if we enable children, the future of the human race, more opportunity to explore the different activities they can engage in the world. I think too many years of our lives are spent in classrooms and I'll like to see children spend more of this time engaging and interacting with the world.
Kids just starting school should go through kindergarten and learn the basic skills we all learnt and upon which everything we know today is built.
Then, as they grow older, instead of more studies on things they might never need or use, they should be processed through different "departments." In these departments, the emphasis will be on exploring what it means to be human. They will learn to write, play tennis, build and invent things, and ideate, among other things.
That does not mean there should be no classes, no. But most of what we teach in schools today should be cut off and only introductions should be provided. And when they get to high-school level, they can decide whether they want to specialize and become academics, in which case, more focus should be placed on their studies. And if they decide they want to be something else, they should be equipped with the specific tools to achieve that goal.
In summary, the entire educational structure should be overhauled and schooling should be given a facelift. Children should be given an opportunity to explore the world and the numerous things they can be on this planet. Then, when they get older, they should be allowed to choose their career. Then, and only then, should the intensity of their studies increase, based on who they want to be.