Well part of education is preparing us for life. That said I think we here in the US are missing 2/3rds of the education process. We have lost social processes, like courtesy and effective communication. Also things like phonics are lost. The other thing that is missing in schools is structure. Effective discipline and understanding hierarchy is important. So we need to build education on the same premise we do a building: Sound Foundation, strong square walls, good roof and finally comforts inside. Education is 75% you, a dedicated teacher and involved parents. You cannot pull many things from a cake recipe before it is not a cake.