Students should spend their time and energy exploring their passions via content and projects (both individually and collaboratively)
Tell us about your idea
Students would focus on (1) what am I passionate about (2) how can I pursue that passion and as a result, learn more about it and meet people who share that passion. The teacher would give the students a few resources to consume content that addresses what different people do, what jobs are, and what subjects exist. Then based on quick survey questions (ex - scale of 1 to 10 how much did you enjoy this subject) the teacher can schedule time to talk with student about their passions. After conversation the teacher and student are aligned on passion of student and they determine projects the student can do to either expand/explore a new passion or strengthen/master an existing passion.
This will keep students engaged
This will not require testing (not an enforceable action right now yet the most important ability to the current education system which main focus is test-taking)
This will reduce student anxiety by giving them something to do which is meaningful
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I have been working on an idea to help kids find or create jobs that are aligned with their passion so that they can have "work" (something you do because you enjoy doing it and pays you money to live) versus "job" (something you do because it pays you money to live). In order to do that kids need to know what they are passionate about and since school doesn't dedicate time to that and parents tend to focus on grades (so they can go to college) or working jobs to be able to put food on the table, passions are not a priority or possibility. I am working with students now to help them discover and utilize their passions through the company I founded (Sity). The idea I suggested is one of four ideas my company is working on and I felt it is most aligned with challenge.