Student Apathy: The Downfall of Education

21 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2011 Last revised: 15 Dec 2011

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David S. Benders

Union College - Educational Studies Unit

Date Written: December 5, 2011


Student apathy has risen to a level that places education in the United States at serious risks. The current U.S. student has become an unmotivated apathetic individual with a lack of interest, goals, and determination to succeed in the academic curriculum. The United States has fallen out of the top 10 countries in education levels of students and continuing on a downward spiral. Student apathy has been cited as a serious problem by 29% of teachers ranking higher than all other areas as exposed in a 2008 survey of public high school teachers. The students tested against 14 major countries places the United States at number 11 in the current ratings of education levels. Student apathy must be identified and changed to overcome the continued short comings of education in the United States.

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Benders, David S., Student Apathy: The Downfall of Education (December 5, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

David S. Benders (Contact Author)

Union College - Educational Studies Unit ( email )

Barbourville, KY 40906
United States

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