I have been hearing this quite a bit lately. It seems like any more people are more content to just stay with the easier way of doing something rather than grow and learn new material. I am currently teaching research/informative papers and the students want to just use a URL for their citation, they don’t want to do the in-text citation, or a couple of students have informed me that they have already written their papers, but they still haven’t done the research. One of the learning targets is to learn to use an academic database. One student today informed me that was too hard. They were just going to write the paper off of what they found when they googled it (I am only allowing 2 cites to be from Google and requiring 5 from the academic database provided by the AEA). Excuse me, but how can you write the paper without doing the research? The student’s comment was that is too hard.
Sadly, I am seeing this more and more and not just in the classroom. That desire to learn and grow seems to be fading. That desire to try something new is no longer. We seem to be content to just be. We are missing out on so many things because we no longer try to push ourselves to become better.
What is it going to take to get people to care about becoming their best, how do we get people to stretch themselves and not be satisfied with the status quo?