Originally Posted by Yosemite
I think that pretty much says it all - KIDS don't want to be there if it isn't fun. Unfortunately kids often don't know what is best for them and need someone to tell them (even if they don't want to listen). Well, you know what, life isn't always fun either and for those who have ambition and motivation they will always find something else to do and/or learn even if they have finished one assignment when in the classroom, and still find time to "play" and "have fun" after class.
If I were a teacher I would definitely not allow my students to waste valuable time and I would make sure that those students that finished their assignments quickly were actually getting most of the assignment correct and not just hurrying it up so they could "play".
Wow! I don't know about you, but since when was school supposed to be the military!!! Good students should be rewarded for finishing their work early (and correctly) and I don't see that doing some research on the internet is such a bad thing - Better that they learn how to use the internet correctly whilst still in school so that they can use it as a better tool when they get into university!
And yes, I do think that KIDS should have fun in school - I think we need to give them more credit than we already give them - Treat them like children and they will act like it - Treat them like contributing members of society and they will act like it!!! Respect is something that children should receive as well.
I learned much more from the teachers at my school who treated me like a collegue instead of treating me like I was beneath them.