The LINUX community seems to missing a great opportunity to employ student power. When attending to college, students are routinely given assignments. Many of these assignments, while educational in nature, are useless from the viewpoint of adding to society's knowledge base. To make the student's work both educational and productive, students (on either and individual and/or class project basis) could be offered assignments related to enhancing the LINUX operating system. Actually, this would apply to all open source efforts.
I have been out of academia for some time, so I don't know whether this is or is not being done. If it isn't being done it would seem to be a tremendous waste of student power!
This concept has been simmering in my brain for some time. The following TechDirt article: "Student Wins Against Professor's Threats Over Posting Code Online" rekindled my interest in engaging students to enhance open source projects.