Schools are always trying to get us to think ahead. The work is supposed to prepare us for college, but what I've heard from college kids, high school and college work are very different. I understand the arugment that doing the mound of homework we get will help must manage our time and get us used to working hard, but it does get tiring sometimes.
Schools are also extremely concerened with numbers (at least mine is). They're always trying to get better. Each quarter typically starts out with an "inspirational message" from our principal, reminding us that we're aiming for a higher national ranking and all that. It's great that you're aiming, but we're the ones who do the work. The school's reputation ultimately depends on us.
My current math project has 3 parts to it. We have to do at least two out of the three described. One has more math, and the other is based around planning for our future. I chose that one so I wouldn't have to think any more about the LOG sign on my calculator. It not only talks about college, but it has us choose a career and calculate our living costs. This is all fine for me, 'cause I've already chosen a career and all that. But what about the people who haven't chosen? There's the "undecided" option in college for a reason. Sometimes I think schools get a little ahead of themselves.
Nevertheless, I became completely starry-eyed when I found out that the course requirements in my chosen college allowed me to take three types of creative writing.