I am going to use this forum to report two things I observed while I working at a public school last week.
1. To reward the elementary school students for their great schoolwork by becoming "Student of the Month", the principal hosted a mini-club event for each age group of winners (about 30 to 40 students for each age group). These young innocent children came to the designated area and were exposed to all sorts of loud club type music on gigantic speakers and encouraged to dance around wildly in rhythm to the music. The music was not age appropriate in the least. I was astounded! (It sounds too farfetched, I know. But believe me, I was there!)
At this same school the first grade teacher told me not to correct any of the students' miss-spelled words as they were to write their thoughts into their journals (every morning,) without concern as to how to spell correctly. I know for a fact that this approach is counter-effective. It makes sloppy spellers who do not think that spelling properly is at all important.
Furthermore the time to program a child's mind is during the absorbent early years. The child's mind and brain, during this time, programs itself like a computer. What they learn becomes indelible. If they learn that they don't have to spell properly and more importantly do not know how to spell words, in my mind, it is called non-education.
To answer the question: we need to educate, not non-educate!