College is a serious step in your child's life, and whether you believe it or not, it's pretty complicated -- much more so than it was just 20 years ago. I wish I had been more familiar with the ins and outs of the college process when my children went to college. Things were different then, and certainly not as complex as they are today.
It would allow students more TIME to pursue their academic passions, get a job, make an impact on their communities, write for their school newspapers, do high level research, and read for pleasure. The irony, of course, is these are exactly the attributes top colleges profess to want from their applicants.