The best year I had in hs was 1 hr of govt, and the rest of the day was shop (afternoon was vocational college machine shop). I think a good compromise is to have half the day in some vocation or apprenticeship, but starting in 7th grade. Everyone needs to wear coveralls for a while: especially the teachers who need a break from children. Otherwise, HS is actually unnecessary today. The intellectuals are ready for intensive schooling at 12 and those more work or sport oriented can start being paid to be exploited by the system of systems, just like farm kids have forever.