I hear all the time that hiring managers that much of the content students learn in college (even Computer Science Majors) does not transfer well to the work they are asked to do on the job.  Reading my colleague Alfred Thompson’s blog brought this issue to the fore of my mind:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/alfredth/archive/2010/07/22/over-educated-yet-under-qualified.aspx 

One of the points that I loved was that ‘Fun and Dumb are not synonyms”- meaning that great curriculum is educational while entertaining. From my experience working this is completely true. Much of my most valuable experiences form school came from my research – where I was able to define my own projects (as opposed to class assignments).  Research was more challenging, but being passionate about the material made the work a pleasure. 

How can faculty integrate this concept into the classroom?  Can something like the Montessori Method help students flourish in the Higher Education system?