Schools seem intent on enabling all children to uncover their potential in professions that are: staggeringly unlikely, low paying, and about one hundred years past their peak. These include:
- A musician, thus everyone is made to play an instrument.
- A naturalist, thus everyone takes biology and chemistry.
- An artist, thus everyone takes numerous art classes.
- A novelist, thus everyone studies great literature.
- A professional mathematician, thus everyone is pushed into a calculus track.
Of course, diverse exposure is part of a rich life. Walk the streets of great cities. And great forests. Talk. Listen. Where children are passionate, support them and get out of their way
But in terms of forcing (or otherwise putting heightened virtue on) archaic areas of study to prepare them for life in a Jane Austin or Agatha Christie novel, don't worry about it.