Apathy is a curse and a blight on all learners. Not being interested is a lack of engagement – and we know that engagement is key to learning.
In response, educators need to promote challenge-based programs, ones that draw in a learner’s interest and heeds the students’ voice. Educators need to view learners as books to be read, not books to be written.
Learning needs to be exciting – as well as challenging. Diversity in resources, programs, teaching strategies retains interest – and lessens the risk of apathy. Curriculum that is too easy and/or too hard will also be turn-offs.
And learning must be purposeful – so it is the teacher’s key responsibility to review and feedback, showing appreciation for effort.