For proper learning, we need to tap into the inner drive of the one who is learning. What do the students want the most? They want to know what they are saying!!! They wish they knew what the words of Kriat Shema meant! ( For some reason, they don’t) They wish they knew what Birkat Hamazon is talking about! ( They sing it, they scream it, but they have no idea what they are screaming or singing) They wish they knew Birkot HaTorah. These three are Mizvoth from the Torah, while the rest of prayers are mostly Mitzvah from the Rabbis. They say these all the time. There is no reason why every single student of every single orthodox school does not know what the meaning of the words he is saying in these three. If they just know and master these three, they have a nucleus of a nice amount of words that they can grow through the laws of Dikduk.
This needs to be checked by every single child, every single year he/she is in school. They can forget these from year to year. But that is a fundamental that they always want to know and master. Let us give it to them. It is the minimum they deserve.