High school is boring, say two thirds of students in the 2009 High School Survey of Student Engagement,” conducted by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University. Nearly half of students say they’re bored every day; another 17 percent say they’re bored in every class.
Just 41 percent of the students in the 2009 survey responded that they went to school because of what they learn in classes. Only 23 percent said they went because of their teachers. Around a third said they went because they enjoy being in school.
Students who are thinking about about dropping out say they don’t like the school, don’t like the teachers or don’t see any value in the work they’re asked to do.
Students said they wanted chances to be creative at school. Most dislike lectures and like “discussions in which there are no clear answers.”
The report looks at schools that are trying to engage disaffected students.
Kealakehe High School in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, has focused on building relationships between school staff and students. . . . According to the principal of Kealakehe, Wilfred Murakami, there is a perception that people love the school and that most students participate in school activities; HSSSE data revealed that actually just about half of the students say they love the school and, similarly, about half participate in school activities. The principal uses the data to raise important questions with his staff: “What about the rest of the kids? What are those kids doing?”
Via Teaching Now.