Just look at nature, how wonderfully diverse it is, and how that diversity is what makes it so strong and resilient. How our strength, lies in the fact that we each can contribute so much to making this world a better place. A contribution, that comes from doing what we are passionate about.
Yes, diversity is so important and it is so important that each child is given the space to discover their true selves - their strengths, weaknesses and passions. Society certainly tries to mold people into a certain way of thinking and a certain way of life, but for me it's not all bad, society and how we have evolved is quite impressive as well, to have gone from cavemen chasing animals around a field and scrawling on walls to a race who can send rockets to far flung places, operate a telescope in deep space, fly from one corner of the earth to another with a plane load of safe people, write works of fiction that amaze and entertain us, create works of art that bring tears to your eyes. I think without a well functioning society, a lot of this would not have been possible.
Like anything though society has its ills and plenty of them, and although we like to think that we can shield of children from them all, alas we cannot, and we just need to pour our love upon them, raise them with respect for themselves/each other/their surroundings and hope that when they reach a certain age, where they stand more on their own two feet that the lessons we have thought them will have permeated deep within them and they will steer clear of societal ills and have an open mind and see the many paths available in almost every situation.
For me, I want my children to be open minded, well rounded, happy, fun and educated. They will be all free to end their education at whatever stage they decide, but I will put the finances in place for them all to continue until 3rd level education if possible. They may well decide to be a trademan or an artist or whatever, but I do find in my own experience that further education helps to open many doors in life, that are trickier to open without it.
I do love the relationship you have with and the way you raise your children which is abundantly obvious through your posts, they are lucky girls. It is different to my own outlook, but isn't that what makes a world, with all different outlooks, viewpoints, aspirations and lives - It would be pretty boring if we were all the same and to your point, if society had its way we probably would all be molded into very similar vessels.