There are only so many jobs that involve the use of academic subjects. Many college majors have no practical use to the real world. In secondary school, one should be learning technical skils such as those at a trade school. Only the best and brightest should be taught the academic subjects.
Vocational education should become an integral part of school instruction. It exhibits the importance of certain tasks, and with the application of this knowledge in an actual professional setting, it supports the importance of such tasks. School will no longer be seen as "daycare" for students. It will be within their knowledge that their actually working toward what they might do for the rest of their lives.