In our collective efforts to help students succeed in school, sometimes we adults forget to stop and ask “how is school going?” Because the answers students give to that simple question can tell us a lot.
Frustrated by what he perceived as his inability to keep students engaged after they moved on from his classes, one veteran teacher hit the road on a journey to ask current and former high school students across the country what motivates them. Teacher-researcher Chris Holmes traveled across 14 states in 30 days interviewing hundreds of students and recording their answers for his “Backtracking Apathy” project. His goal was to figure out why schools, teachers and parents too often are losing the apathy battle with students.
Here’s one powerful excerpt:
“In a suburban Kansas City, Missouri, coffee shop, a high school senior broke down in tears talking about lack of friends,