Whatever happened to doing things just because?
I talked to some Canadian students the other day, and one of them remarked how he admired our 'European attitude' of taking a year off after high school instead of powering through. That we don't think of it as a strange thing to do.
Why should we think of it as strange in the first place? Young adults ought to be able to catch their breath if they want to, to get a break from the factory line that education often is, instead of being rushed into college.