One way students in America display little or no interest in school and theire studies is to decline to perform any homework assignments and subsequently attend class unprepared. Another is to skip classes altogether or to cause significant disruption when they do attend class.
I find absenteeism and truancy to be the most profound and damaging ways students display a lack of interest. I moved to a no late work policy--no matter why a student was gone-- a few years ago because so few students would do the make up work assigned. It became easier to miss a test day and watch as the school tried to chase you down for makeup. So the student misses the instruction, the practice and the points.
Be wary of generalisations! Having echoed the concerns of the other editors, let me tell you what I have observed in my students. I do think I am seeing more of a lackadaisical attitude towards work and study. Some students really don't care about submitting work, even if this means that it is going to impact their grade. Likewise I find myself repeating somethings again and again in terms of expectations of presentation. Even if this is going to give them a better mark, few students rarely go the extra mile to get that grade. There is a feeling that school is viewed as a reluctant responsibility that they HAVE to do but would rather not.
I agree with the first post in that this statement is only a generalization and not representative of all students. However, I'll be happy to give you some examples to support your claim.
As a teacher who has also taken many college courses in recent months, I can give examples from both instructional and student sides. Even many college students, who are more mature and have much more at stake academically, choose to take a lazy approach to their studies. Examples:
- coming to class late (knowing that points will be taken from their grade)
- failure to complete assignments--in-class and/or homework
- sleeping in class
- texting in class
- listening to music on headphones (often under a hoodie) in class
- playing video games or surfing the Internet during class
High school and middle school students have many of the same bad habits as mentioned above. Additionally, many younger students fail to accept the responsibility for their own actions, regularly relying on excuses or their parents to deal with the problems that they cause. Disciplinary problems are a big issue, and misbehaving students cause other students to lose valuable instructional time with their teachers. Many students attend school only for social reasons, often because they are forced to attend by their parents (or by law). Sadly, many do not recognize the importance, value and future repercussions of the free public education that the United States offers all its young citizens.
This is, of course, a major generalization. Many students that I have taught do show a great deal of interest in school. Of course, many do not. The main way in which they display this is by putting forth the minimum effort required.
All teachers have seen many students who only want to know what they have to do to get a certain grade. The students do not show any intellectual curiosity about the subjects they are studying. They see school simply as a chore that must be finished, not as an opportunity to learn new things that may be of use or of interest to them later in life.
Once again, however, it is by no means true that all students are like this.