Some kids learn by listening; others learn by doing. Geoff Mulgan gives a short introduction to the Studio School, a new kind of school in the UK where small teams of kids learn by working on projects that are, as Mulgan puts it, "for real."
I think this is where the future of education is. I think Steven Covey summed it up when we said that the jobs we are preparing our students for do not exist yet. To best prepare them, schools need to provided them with 21st Century skills like leadership, collaboration and empathy.
I'm from the UK and I can see how this type of schooling can be really successful for kids that don't see the point of school. They don't want to be Teachers, Doctors, Lawyers etc so they can't be bothered. They stop going to school, get in trouble and then they are on the rocky road to who knows where!
Giving them the chance to do projects that are 'real and relevant' can get them excited and motivated to stay at school and aquire skills for a future job. Motivation is a big problem with the UK's younger generation of working class children. They bow out before they are faced with being dissappointed with their choices, this form of teaching expands their minds and build their confidence.