I went to school in the Australian public school system, and what what sadly lacking was a class that taught a skill set that we could use in real life. Perhaps a skill set including.....
Career & work
Conciousness & Awareness
Courage and Fear
I will teach these skills to my children, as I wish someone had taught them to me when I was growing up.
With this skill set, writing a killer essay, or dealing with a huge workload, or meeting dealines would be a breeze.
This is what I needed when I was being educated. I don't know how well it would apply to the general populace, but it would have done me the world of good.