I am a high school teacher with Honors and non-Honors students. I enjoyed your suggestions-specifically: improve alternate routes and revamp the school day/year. I didn’t think that the assumption that all teachers are good or all people at the school are capable, was valid. Also — There has to be a level of oversight and standardization to weed out sub-par or rogue staff.
We don’t do enough as educators in helping young people see the different paths to success and happiness. Mainly because many of us took the standard path and partly because we just don’t have the funding for counselors to take them through all of the choices.
Keep writing — you’re good at it!