Yosef, I have discovered life is a mixture. The superficial remains the superficial like you say. But then some things you mention in your life begin to deepen when you see chasing the superficial does not bring happiness.
My dream is to shorten the learning curve on what brings happiness in life.
I believe if you have young children understand what contribution they want to be in life. They are all creative geniuses and to not let the world stymie this.
Why not instill being creative and curious for life as a life long process.
While I am an advocate of the public schools, K-12 education needs a face lift.