The Right to Fail

By Danielle Woods — September 25, 2007 1 min read
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You have the right to remain ignorant, but why would you want to? A high school teacher caught up in The Daily Grind struggles with how to motivate students who don’t seem to care about education:

The other response, coming from a teacher who is agonizing over ways to convince his seniors that the ability to write a paragraph is necessary, said to inform them of their right to fail. I mean, if the police are required [to inform us] of our right to remain silent so that we don't say anything stupid--thus getting us into trouble, we should also be required to inform our students of their right to remain ignorant--thus relegating them to a life of poverty.

How do you motivate the unmotivated?

A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.