“Our education system came into being to meet the needs of industrialism. The industrial model, like a factory, inherently promotes conformity. We still educate people by age groups - as if the most important thing they had in common is how old they were. We divide the day up into 40-minute bits, and ring bells in between. We divide subjects from each other.
You were probably steered benignly away from things at school when you were a kid, things you liked, on the grounds you would never get a job doing that. Is that right? Don’t do music, you’re not going to be a musician; don’t do art, you won’t be an artist. Benign advice; now, profoundly mistaken.”
Paraphrased from Ken Robinson’s interview on NPR - rings true.