The search for ways to make school easier is on-going. A note-taking app, the name doesn't matter, to put the "fun in physics", is one I heard of lately. Here's a news flash- for a lot of us (Stephen Hawking, the exception) fun and physics do not belong in the same sentence and note-taking to be effective, isn't too entertaining, either.
Everything in the world isn't fun. The sooner the education system gets over the idea, the sooner we introduce those delicate minds in it to the concept that some things are "gasp" work and some worthwhile accomplishments take a lot of effort, the better. Instead, we sell kids the idea that they are in control and if something isn't fun, it's not useful.
Kids are too fragile to fail at anything. Yet real life is full of failure. There are the triumphs but what makes them special is the fact that a lot of the time, stuff just doesn't turn out. Life isn't one grand party after all. If you learn to handle a little failure, when a bigger one happens (and it will), it isn't devastating. You can dust yourself off and give it another burn.
That isn't to say that there shouldn't be moments and yes, even days of fun. Serious, nose-to-the grindstone with never a break will lead to a real break, breakdown. The secret is balance and finding it isn't easy. It may even be what creating a happy life is about.
So...instead of that fun app that will make physics the centre of your next party (and maybe with a few drinks, it would be) how about introducing kids to the idea that school is serious, that to succeed you have to work and hard, and that nothing is gained without breaking a sweat? Maybe there's an app for that. Maybe I could sell the idea and have too much money. But would it be fun?
Yes, I'm of a certain age but I'm pretty spry and like to think still smart enough.