The personal views, morals, life experience, and backgrounds of all people, when taken into consideration of its entirety, opens a spectrum of possibilities farther than the imagination can conceive. If comparable to the electromagnetic spectrum, visible light constitutes a small part of the spectrum; and this is where optimal conceptions, 2 a, the capacity, function, or process of forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbols in the best possible way, may become individually manifest. Just like the goal for the optometrist is to refract the light going into the eye to a standard clarity of 20/20, the curricula I speak of refracts the thought process to a standard clarity of conception; while necessarily adding information to aid in the development of the individual and their social relationships. Jeremy Rifkin's The Empathic Civilization short animation for the RSA does a great job of explaining how empathy is actually "soft-wired" in the brain and is imperative in overriding malicious secondary drives we all have.
In the video The Secret Powers of Time by Philip Zimbardo again, for the RSA, there are 6 "time zones" that people live in: past positive, past negative, present hedonistic, present fated, future this-life, future life after death. Determining which "time zone" an individual is currently living in is important to decide the degree of emotional fortitude they possess and which pathways of subjective refraction are optimal. I imagine the older the adult, the more difficult dedication to learn new information will be.
Education is indeed a life-long process, whether we accept it or let new unknowns induce fear and doubt. This system of prescription should adapt with the needs and ambitions of the individual; never to stagnate an individuals growth or esteem but facilitate the desire to cooperate at higher achievements until Contentment requires it not. The children would be the first to benefit where the joys of accomplishment and learning new things come easily; especially when shared with reciprocation from others. The Will to contribute to society may in fact last longer in an individual's life within a cooperative learning environment/workplace of mutual advancement rather than a competitive learning environment/workplace where maladies can be made desirable.
Subjective Refraction of the Mind and the prescription of an individualized curriculum can be as effective a tool to provide direction to one's life just as the phoropter is effective in liberating those in need of vision correction from an intimidating and blurry world.