Daniel Pink talks about grades. He got A's in French but can't speak French...hey I'm with him here..I got A's in Spanish and I can't speak Spanish but someone in my class who was lame in the grade department now speaks Spanish
What can we do?
You have to find the love of the thing.
For writing give kids control over what they write about.
For science- we are too focussed on facts. We need to focus on questions.We are all interested in why the world works the way it does.