One thing that education can provide is exposure to things you might not ordinarily choose
to study. As an example: In elementary school, math actually bored me. I ended up in remedial in fourth grade because I lost interest in the placement test. Needless to say, remedial bored me even more
. I was decent at math, once I put my head in the right direction, but I didn't like it. Didn't help that girls weren't being really encouraged in math and science, either.
End of sixth grade, we were filling out elective forms - in those days the possibility of having electives started in seventh - and due to classes filling up, and possibly having a name at the end of the alphabet, I ended up in a class called 'World of Math', expecting the worst.
I couldn't have been more wrong. The teacher was amazing, the coursework was fascinating, and I ended up not only majoring in mathematics, but I kept all of my college math texts and purchased several textbooks after graduating just for 'light reading'. (if you can call a 10-pound book 'light' reading.)
In college, I also discovered a love of history for much the same reason. U.S. history at the high-school level had gone over the same stuff in the same way for eleven years (with obvious adjustments for reading abilities.) In college, I had
to take classes in certain disciplines for core requirements, and ended up in history classes that ended up being surprisingly interesting. Now, the local satellite provider must hate this, because things like the History channel, Military channel, and History International are all on the basic package, and I'll pick something there instead of Showtime, but I've surprised some of my Canadian friends by actually knowing about the War of 1812.
No, the school system isn't perfect, but I'm actually grateful that I wasn't simply 'given my head' and allowed to only study what I wanted.