'No person shall be denied a right to an education. In the exercise of any functions which it assumes in relation to education and to teaching, the State shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.'
(Equality and Human Rights Commission)
It says here that anybody and everybody SHOULD be taught, but it does not state WHAT they should be taught. I'm sure that there are many professions in the world that require academic skills such as algebra, trigonometry and other assorted mathematical techniques to complete a task. But for a large portion of the population that knowledge will never be used again. Far too much is mandatory in schools. In my personal opinion, there should be at least a term or some moderately sized chunk of the curriculum dedicated to teaching important life skills: (How to pay tax, how to buy property, how to cook healthy meals, how to apply for college/university/job, etc.)