Give 'em a shovel and have them dig a ditch or do some other kind of shit labor.
Seems pretty scary, and it probably would be if there weren't more.
I did enough of it when I was young that I wanted to spend as much time learning as possible so that I wouldn't have to do that kind of work ever again.
That seems to change the meaning enough. Now I can appreciate how easily a point can be misconstrued on the internet and bog knows I've done it enough times, but your own response, which if taken literally (another sin, but not so much different than your own) suggests you quit reading before you even read that second comment, which changes the context a little you must admit.
Please point out where I advocate hard labor instead of education. What I advocate is showing kids that without an education, life is going to be a lot of hard labor. If the only thing you do outside of school is mindless leisure, is it any surprise that school will be unappealing in comparison? I think my own father would have liked to have more of an education, but he didn't have much of a choice and while I won't delude myself to think I had to work as hard when I was younger as he did, I learned the importance and value of education, because I realized that not having one did not make for what I would consider a pleasant life.
The funny part about this is that some time ago I bothered to mark you as a friend when Slashdot introduced the system because I came to consider you interesting. Not someone I always agreed with, but someone who could make a good point and a reasoned argument.
so what's a better way?
Give 'em a shovel and have them dig a ditch or do some other kind of shit labor. I did enough of it when I was young that I wanted to spend as much time learning as possible so that I wouldn't have to do that kind of work ever again.
I think the school system needs a shakeup and I'd like to see a system that abolishes the idea of grade-level entirely. Treat it like college where every subject area has its own progression and allow the kids to find what they enjoy and excel at instead of being stuck with the collective lowest common denominator for everything. If a kid is good at math or reading they can move ahead in those classes faster, whereas if they aren't, they don't get held back in everything else or moved on to the next level when they aren't ready.
I think if you provide a system that keeps students challenged and doesn't leave them either hopelessly lost or disinterested because the content is too trivial that it would go a long way towards improving education.
Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang