A shorthand version of "root cause analysis," popularized by Toyota, is the 5 whys process. Simply: ask why five times in a row. (Yes, also popularized by little kids and Louis C.K.)
Lets apply this to education:
Hmmm ... let's try that again:
People can and will blame "poor schools" until they are blue in the face, but the solution to many of our students' academic issues lies in the realm of leadership: motivation and personal responsibility. How should we teach leadership?
Ironically, avoiding something pointless is an excellent leadership skill. Adolescent rebellion, properly understood, is leadership misdirected. So how do we make our students see the point?
I'm an entrepreneur and I teach math, history, economics, and fitness. I'm looking for arguments.