Perspective: Why the Apathy in American High Schools?

  title={Perspective: Why the Apathy in American High Schools?},
  author={John H. Bishop},
  journal={Educational Researcher},
  pages={42 - 6}
  • J. Bishop
  • Published 1 January 1989
  • Psychology
  • Educational Researcher
ģģ A 11 too often docile, comZ Ä pliant, and without initia# βL tive," is how Theodore Sizer (1984, p. 54) characterized Amer­ ican high school students at the end of his massive study. John Goodlad (1983) described: "a general picture of con­ siderable passivity among students' (p. 113). The high school teachers surveyed by Goodlad ranked "lack of student in­ terest ' and "lack of parental interest" as the two most important problems in education. Studies of time use and time-on-task show that… Expand

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