Recently in my class students were asked to interview their students about motivation. This is a new addition to our class and the most telling part so far is how apathetic and unmotivated the students seem to be. It makes me wonder what sort of implicit paralysis our schools have injected these students with, consider this from a recent Inc article
I didn't have a credit card—remember, I was in high school at the time. So I ordered the items COD, cash on delivery. I'd learn when UPS would be coming and feign illness so I could stay home from school. The delivery guy rang the doorbell, I gave him the cash, and he handed over the boxes. I don't know if they do COD anymore, but man, was it exciting back then. No one got rich—and I don't think anyone was injured—but it was a great education. And the lesson stuck.
Students do this now and they get punished. Why can't the curriculum - no matter how difficult to measure, match this? Why can't students dictate what they are exposed to despite the narrow mindeness of their immaturity?
It's easy to rail against education and offer a panacea for the ails but it's easy to see the motivation to not be in school.