I hope you've heard of the Montessori method of teaching. Some of its basic points are: Children are curious. Children learn from their environment. Children learn by observing, imitating, and exploring. Each child is different and has a different pace. Children are masters of self-directed learning, especially for practical skills.
"Well, shit, why do children need to go to school at all, then?" Well, when Maria Montessori was alive (she died in 1952 at the age of 81), there was really no alternative, and besides, children still need to be together to work on their social skills, which by the way, are the most important skills of all.
Remember how some people called modern times the information age? I think that's a bit of a misnomer. Whoever coined that term was obviously thinking about our access to information. In other words, we actually live in the communication age. Our ability to communicate with other people is one of the core values that makes us human, and we're communicating better than we ever have before.
Games are fun. If you don't believe me, go to the store and purchase a package of balloons. Blow one up (using your mouth) and toss it up into the air. If the balloon doesn't come down, then you probably blew it up with helium or something and you have to blow another one up with your mouth this time. Anyways, now bounce the balloon on your fingers and don't let it hit the ground. Are you having fun yet? No? That's probably because you're alone. Get a friend and bounce the balloon back and forth. Focus on the balloon. Change things up: hit it hard with your palm, and the next time just tap it with your finger. Give yourself a reason to play: if it hits the ground, then George W. Bush will find a way to stay in office for 4 more years. In the meantime, talk with your friend. Talk about the game. Call your friend a neo-con and hit the balloon toward his feet. If you're not having fun now, then you're not doing it right. You can't play this game and do anything else at the same time. Don't even think about other things.
Now, tell your friend to fuck off so that you can play a single-person computer game. I recommend Deus Ex. It's still fun, right? Of course it is. There are so many children who go to school and are taught in a social situation, and afterwards they go home and play video games alone. Class without curiosity can be boring (and it usually is). What are schools teaching children? That being around other people is boring and that you can have the most fun alone? I'm sure that isn't the intentional point of school, but, as Montessori knew, children learn through experience better than through lecture.
Games are learning. In other words, they're useful. That's why so many animals have evolved to enjoy games. It's an easy way to get experience with different things.
Games are fun. Games are learning. Learning is fun. Children want to play games. Children want to win games. Since you have to be smart and educated to win games, children will be smart and educated. We don't need to be taught anymore. During Montessori's life, information was difficult to obtain. Now, information is available whenever and where ever it is needed.
Instead of school, send children to day-care when they're young and let them do whatever they like as they get older. Our responsibility as adults is to provide them whatever they need, be it tools, places, clubs, encouragement, classes, better games, or whatever. (Class is different from school, by the way. Enroll at a class in a community college, and you'll notice the difference when you realize that you didn't get a diploma.) The reason that you're as smart as you are now is not that the education system taught you so well, but because it didn't effectively keep you from learning. So, let's make the world a better place, and burn the old system down.