Education wants its students to learn how to create knowledge, to be lifelong learners, and instill the individual with responsibility and open-mindedness. This goal is often achieved, but it also manages to turn off millions of kids to learning. Too often, kids feel alienated by a curriculum that ignores them and by teachers who lack the cultural tools to reach them. Youth continue to evolve, and so must educator’s tools to reach students. The same classroom that teaches “Self Reliance” crushes its message if the teacher fails to recognize the state of youth at the present moment, as individualism reaps lesser rewards than conformity. Conformity actively teaches passivity: study for test to pass the test and move on; get it over with. Teachers don’t want this. The NCLB (No Child Left Behind Act) is antithetical to an educator’s mission. They strive to help kids do the best they can in world that offers challenging rewards. Education wants to create active learners, but in an age where screens and images make up the majority of accessible knowledge, facts and books can’t compete with the level of engagement that video games offer children.