Making education entertaining conditions children into enjoying education. A common thread among the geniuses of the past is that they all started education at a very early age and it was ground into them, so they almost instinctively had it become their raison d'tere. Not everyone has that kind of upbringing. LEGO has created more engineers than ENG101 because it taught children how to enjoy the process of building, regardless of whether that was their original inclination. The same has been done with computer games and programming. Now we're seeing attempts to do the same via Minecraft.
You can't roll back the clock, so talking about the good old days doesn't solve anything. Work with where we are now, the world we are in today.