What it Takes

This is from an AP report.  There’s nothing surprising here, but what is missing, obviously, is the why and the what to do about it. As to the why, I don’t think it’s a real stretch to posit that as a society, we are all very removed from the cause of most effects: we don’t understand how our food is grown or raised, much less the labor that goes into it, we don’t understand how most of our appliances work (we don’t fix them when they break); we don’t see the long hours of tedious training most athletes go through – we only see the highlights of glory.

Put kids to work using their backs and their hands, and they’ll begin to re-learn the connection between work and result.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A new report by Indiana University researchers found that most high school students expect to go to college, but the work students do in high school doesn’t always match up to their perceptions or goals.

The report on the High School Survey of Student Engagement found that more than 70 percent of students thought doing homework and studying for class was important. But more than 80 percent of those surveyed said they spent less than an hour a day on those tasks.

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