Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; both direct them to do it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. – Plato
We must accept the fact that times have changed and we must adjust by transitioning from the old style era of the Adam Smith inspired concept of the ‘industrialized specialist’ which has outlived it’s usefulness to a more dynamic, resourceful and ICT based model with skills and creativity take precedence.
It is vital that entrepreneurial education is addressed from an early age, besides, age is no barrier to entrepreneurship as evidenced by Tony Hsieh of Zappos who started selling worms from raw mud when he was 9 years old. Steve Jobs, Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg all started off as young entrepreneurs.
The present era has shown over time that the global arena is blind to your credentials but is a wealth-creating slave to your skills and abilities.
It is not your credentials that guarantees success in the global / information age but rather your problem solving abilities, critical thinking ability that can discern fact from fiction, you ability to adapt (unlearn and relearn), your creative and innovative abilities and your lifelong love of learning.
The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.