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The two main sides in this discussion on student disengagement are those who believe that the teachers are responsible for engaging their students, and those who believe that students must take initiative and become more self-motivated.  As I mentioned in my last post, these two sides have a common goal of wanting students to succeed, and even share the classroom setting, making it theoretically simple to solve the problem together.  But, if these two sides cannot come together to face the issue head on, the alarming trend of student disengagement will continue to grow.   Imagine that students statewide, even country-wide, become apathetic and unambitious rather than imaginative and aspirational.  They will lack important abilities such as critical thinking, strong communication skills, and complex reasoning.  Doug Mataconis explains in an article that a recent study done on undergraduates over the course of four years showed that the majority of today’s college students already lack these essential skills.  In response to the article, a blogger pointed out that the problem does not lie with colleges, but instead with K-12 education, which should be building the foundation for higher learning. The problem of student disengagement appears early, but is brushed under the rug so many times that it eventually damages the ability of students to succeed after school.  David Paris, the president of the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning, also claims that the lack of progress in writing and reasoning will force people to discuss present learning issues, many related to student disengagement, hopefully sparking the changes that need to come.

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