How about you and I start studying geology today? Let’s spend from 1 to 3 hours a few days per week on it. Sounds fun, eh? If you happen to love geology, replace it with something you have absolutely no interest in learning.
Now, let’s turn it around. Let’s say you finally get to take that dream vacation to Russia. You have 6 months to learn as much of the language as you can. Let’s go further, let’s say you even love the sound of spoken Russian. You imagine having conversations with the people you will meet. It would be a lot easier to learn, no doubt.
I don’t think that this is a bland statement. Ask a child to describe school using one word. I do this often and hear the same word: boring! When I hear something different, it usually involves having a teacher that “makes it fun.” I do hear that, but not nearly enough.
If I have learned one thing in my professional career it is this: Most people can learn what they need to know when they need to know it with no penalty. This especially holds true if the learner really wants to know about something. Then, it seems impossible to stop them. So, why not let the kids lead a bit more?