Shoving this sort of stuff in high schoolers faces is exactly what kills the drive to learn. How many times do you remember that classmate in the back of the room saying something along the lines of, "Why am I learning this, I'll never use this in real life?" Did you ever think that maybe they were right?
I don't know about you, but I'd rather see a country full of people struggling to do something they are passionate about than a country full of people successfully doing something that makes them miserable.
Colleges are like companies that are trying to do two very different things at once: broad education and job training.
In the world of startups we know what to do when that happens: Choose one direction and go with it, stop trying to be all things to all people. Blended business models rarely work.
My guess is that something similar will eventually happen in education. Some institutions will specialize in getting you a paycheck and others will specialize in broader education.
I view purely academic coursework in the same category as other luxury goods: it's something some people find fun and exciting and if they want to pay for it, so be it, but society should not foot the bill.
Whereas practical "get a job" coursework I view as something that just about everybody needs and maybe there's a good argument for public subsidies or other policies that encourage it.