That is all good shit. Just want to expand on this.
Originally Posted by Mal
One of the major issues I have with society as a whole is the idea which most children have that the very basics of what they learn in school is useless. This is a far greater issue than anything within the actual education system itself, and what I would therefore consider more in need of reform.
Did not even consider that as part of the equation, You may have hit the nail on the head. Instilling a motivation to learn would alone decrease many of the systemic issues being faced. I can vividly remember watching Bill Nye the Science guy thinking how awesome it would be to play his show in class. Not once as a child did I believe that trigonometry would end up part of my professional day to day duties. If kids today were shown how prevalent Math and, Science are in everyday life. Having it presented in an understandable format would make a difference for sure. Maybe Adam Savage would make a commercial "You cant be a Mythbuster if you cant do long division".
In regards to Motivation we may see some progress in the near future. If technological advancements from even the last decade could be incorporated, and properly utilized . Having an education system born of the industrial age forced to bare the weight derived from the needs of the information age is almost nonsensical to me.