We need to drive down requirements for the schools. In the 19th century we increased the quality of the schools by higher education saying 'You can't come in unless you have these skills unless you've taken these courses.' We did that in Wisconsin when I was there it helped to transform the secondary school system.
I've always leaned toward a feminine funky style even in business settings. I used to paint my nails blue in 1993 before it was mainstream.