I watch my niece finish up an assignment for science class when she said something that is heart breaking for educators.
Very sad commentary on how kids view much of what they do in school. How do we change this? Can we?
As I reflect on what I know about my kids, it seems things changed once they had a goal that wasn't just "to graduate". If the goal is diffuse and nebulous, then it seems you would be more likely to get responses such as these (UNLESS it was an area of interest OR the teacher was amazingly inspiring).
My 19 year old went from being a 16 year old skateboarder who spent most of the time in class listening to headphones to a college kid posting Richard Feynman -The Law of Gravitation on FB. I never saw it coming. He is very engaged now. And NOT because of a future job, but because he is now "turned on" to physics.