This will be a good discussion post. I will fire off the first volley in suggesting that there no one would ever suggest that content be undermined for entertainment. In the end, I think that there is too much at risk for such a suggestion. For example, administrators who live and perish with the results of high stakes, standardized assessment would never suggest that entertainment should take the place of education. It does not serve their interests, and some of them are so driven by making sure that the material on "the test" is covered that some entertainment might be needed to prevent students from becoming a bundle of neuroses. I do think that there is some level of validity in what is being said here, but I think that there is a way to model one's approach where kids are learning, and doing so in an environment that might allow kids to enjoy what they are learning. I think that the ends of strong and effective teaching are ones in which students fully grasp what is being taught to them in a setting where they feel comfortable with how the material is being driven to them and how they absorb it. I think that students respond positively to this. The idea of "entertainment" as a jester or some type of gimmick might be what kids would like in the short term, but like all novelty it wears off. Students begin to understand that if there is no real substance to what is being done, it is a waste of time. In this, there is an understanding that if teachers wish to reach students, the fundamental premise of education must be present and while there can be an entertaining angle to it, this cannot be the sole premise of what is being done in the classroom setting.