Maybe the solution then is to lessen the expectations and pressure on students. Lower the barrier to success massively, to create a sense of security while also maintaining a certain standard of growth for everyone, and to blow open the ceilings for excellence. Give students the complete freedom to express themselves and show off their excellence and competence. Give them full access to all information and knowledge, encourage them in the pursuits they independently go for, and let them do what they want. The excellent ones will show themselves, and the powers that be can pick them and recruit them.
This will lessen the tensions in the education system as expectations from both sides are lowered. Students will drop out less and grow cynical less. Teachers will be less abusive and more empathetic and helpful, and will hate their jobs less.
People have come to expect excellence. Which really kills the meaning of both. We should separate them. Lower expectations for what is acceptable, and open the ceilings for excellence. Excellent students will shine without effort, just don’t control them.
There’s a very real reason why this doesn’t happen. I think I know what it is, but I don’t feel confident enough in my understanding of it to talk about it so publicly. Maybe one day I will. Maybe this reason is the purpose we all should aim for.