Another idea I’ve been floating around, and I mean all of this unironically:
The ideal education system would be structured like this:
Elementary School mostly unchanged except that recess is two one hour periods a day, and all schools are required to take their students on an annual camping trip and an annual trip to some kind of museum. School lunches are to be healthy. No sweets, no preservatives, nothing our great grandparents wouldn’t recognize. Funding will be increase to allow all school meals to be made from scratch that morning.
Starting in middle school, half the day is devoted to physical activity. A morning run is followed by a breakfast of steak and eggs (with vegetarian options for those who want or need them.) Then mandatory weight lifting. A shower, then hit the books for class. A healthy lunch will be provided and then after class ends students are required to participate in the following sports depending on the season, regardless of interest or skill level: boxing, baseball, and and an elective sport of their choice. In eighth grade one hour out of every week will be devoted to ballroom dancing class, which will culminate in a dance at the end of the year that students are encouraged to take a date to. With the exception of math, no more than one hour of homework per class, per week.
exercises for girls will be slightly different
High School: swimming and or cycling can take the place of the morning run, but other than that the morning excercises and schedules are unchanged. By this point students have begun to be sorted into tracks based on the German model depending on the students grades, scores on IQ tests, and self reported level of academic interest. Every school will have a woodworking shop, an automotive shop, and an ag barn. Students who can’t or don’t want to go to college will be exposed to as many fields and trades as possible and set up for apprenticeships when they graduate.
At this point, all after school sports are elective (but you still must participate in one at all times). The only rule is that all students must participate in one combat sport.
All seniors will take a personal finance course that emphasizes saving and investing.