Is high school artificial? Is it a repetition of what was covered already and therefore boring, irrelevant, and impotent for students who paid a little attention.
It is so under-challenging that students coast and develop a habit of coasting.
We pretend that the school work is all-important. And some of it is important. But it is still artificial. It is not like work. Nor is it like self-discovery.
It should be like one of these.