Jennifer Ries

The debate on student disengagement in the classroom setting is mostly based on interpretation and opinion,  but whether you believe that the fault lies with the students or teachers, both positions have room for improvement.  For example, students could strive to be more self-motivated, and teachers could incorporate different teaching styles.  I’ve found from my research that many are quick to put the blame on either the students or the teachers, and make accusations against all students or all teachers that simply cannot be supported.  The reason behind these claims, I believe, is due to the frustration of both sides and inability to cooperate with one another.  It is unfair to make generalizations to this extent, and the polarization of these two sides is unnecessary due to the common goal they share:  to see students succeed.  It is important that students leave school feeling prepared to enter a university, the workforce, or other position.  The priority of education should be to deepen the students’ understandings academically as well as encourage the exploration and eventual discovery of their role in society.  Therefore, the responsibility of solving student disengagement does not lie in the hands of one individual or even a small group.  It will need to be a collective effort between students, teachers, and other influences in the community to advocate for and spark change.

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