From my experiences, high school tends to emphasize the quantitative aspects of education. While these aspects develop one's ability to process material at a literal level, one has to learn to analyze the qualitative aspects of education to succeed in college. The superficiality of life fails to account for the elements that indirectly influence the world.
After two years of collegiate education, I have learned to examine materials for their substance and style. Thus, I believe that college attempts to teach one to look beyond the literal because reflection and analysis produce worth.