Good point, Josh. Our system of education reached its basic form during the industrial era and fits the model of a factory. Children are moved along a conveyor belt (from class to class and grade to grade) and teachers add widgets (bits of learning) to them. The goal is to produce a set of products (graduates) who can all pass inspection and get the stamp of approval. We are now past the industrial era, but we have been unable to move beyond it in education. Indeed, rather than attempt to move beyond, it, those in power have pushed for increasing standardization of the whole system. It will never work, thank goodness; we humans are just too contrary.
-Peter