Students need more opportunities to create something meaningful and significant to them. Everyday assignments don't amount to much a person can be proud of and it's a finished larger product that gets people excited about what they can do or what they've created. Allowing students to work on individualized projects can also create opportunities to encourage them to work on areas of weakness because it's needed to improve their overall creation. It helps build on their areas of strength while at the same time helping them to realize that you can't generally do great things without having a reasonably well rounded skill set. Do we really want a group of kids to all know the same things upon graduation? Wouldn't it make more sense to have a graduating class that has a wide assortments of talents and interests that are more highly developed and specialized? Why wait until they are done university or college? Why burn them out of their desire to learn before they even leave middle school? How many of these kids become lifelong learners because it's what they've learned in school vs what experiences they've had outside of school? I figure most people who are lifelong learners became that way despite school and not because of it.