There are only a few things in the world that affect absolutely everyone. Chemistry, Physics, Economics, and to a lot of people religion and faith. Our schools do not teach religion and that is understandable. We decided a long time ago that we did not want someone else's religion driven down our throats (freedom of religion is freedom from religion). Our high schools are set up to teach chemistry and physics only to college bound students. A lot of college degrees do not require the study of chemistry, physics or economics.
If we expect our population to understand the world they live in and to deal with life effectively, we should provide a foundation of knowledge that includes the chemistry, physics, and economics, from the early beginning and into college.
No wonder we have problems dealing with the world and understanding how things work ?