If all of that is true, then the government vocational schools will be lost on that person destined since third grade to be a loser.Amen. You are spot on, at least in terms of my experiences.
When my younger son (now age 42) was in elementary school my wife was very active in the PTA group. I went to all the parent-teacher meetings. When he was in middle school my wife ran all the pizza fund-raising sales. So over the course of the years from K through 8, she and I got to see a lot of the same kids. I cannot tell you how many times teachers (plural) said something along the lines of “I never see the parent(s) who most need to be here.”
My observation was that by the end of 3rd grade you could get a decent idea of the kids who were going to make it and those who weren’t. Now, of course, there were/are always exceptions. A well-placed, well-timed intervention by a teacher, counselor, coach, grandparent, clergy person, etc. and a kid’s life is turned around.
I know many successful people. Many, many are self made. Generally speaking, the successful people do things that the unsuccessful people don't do. I know brothers where one brother can't find his way out of a paper bag, another brother is making a killing trading futures, and another running his own company. All the same race, parents, "privileged" etc. The difference is that two of the brothers "get it," while the other one has no clue. And, having been well educated, I never learned any of the "get it" skills in school. I know plenty of C students making hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. Many. I know many "privileged" people that never worked a hard day in their life. And they have no idea how. I have no time for those people
Now, if you want to have volunteer based community business coaching programs or the like, I would be all for that.
Over my life, I have had hundreds and hundreds of people work for me. Some come every day like clockwork. Their attendance is so routine that you almost forget all about them. Others can't seem to find their way to work on time ever. Was it the extra money from daddy that made them come in on time? Some employees always do extra. Some always complain. Which do you suppose are more productive? Which have a better chance of success?
Some employees I would be screwed with out. I give them extra money often. Others would be saving me a lot of trouble if they would just quit. Is it because I "like" one and not the other? Is it because of their skin color, gender, or the wealth of their parents?