Our national education had a purpose, to prepare people for the 'outside world'. The 'outside world' had millions of machines that needed to be supervised. Trains. Buses. Shopping tills. You didn't need to be creative or a world-class problem-solver to supervise these machines, you just needed to be good at remembering and following instructions. That's why the current educational system focused on memorisation as it's main method of teaching. The more you memorise, the more qualifications you'll get. The more qualifications you get, the more you'll get paid. This system worked, but only for a time.
The problem now is that the machines we are educated to supervise no longer need our supervision. The trains can drive themselves. Employees are no longer needed to be at a till when the costumers know how to scan their own shopping. Apps and computer programs are nullifying the need for human labour unless you are one of the two people:
1. Someone who can solve problems (or provide new solutions to a company or institution)
2. Someone who has an amazing personality (for the 'human touch' in costumer service jobs)
Everyone else is everyone else.
Our current education system is training young people for a world that no longer exists; teaching us to memorise information that can be easily searched up with the phones in our pocket, while neglecting to teach us the creative skills that would keep money in our pocket. If education is really a place that empowers our citizens, then creative problem-solving and character building needs to be embedded into every subject in the curriculum.