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This week I offer a very unscientific, non-data-driven "attitude survey" that my students have taken over the years. I gave it to every class at the beginning of the year, and it's interesting to look back and see how some things have changed in the way kids view school and how others are essentially the same.
Here are some of the statements that were rated on a 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree) scale.
"For the most part, school has been a pleasant experience." The number of 5s has diminished in direct proportion to the 1s here. The majority fall in the middle, which might be expressed in the usual teenage eloquence, "It's (school) OK I guess." The number of kids who absolutely hate school has grown over the years, which is unfortunately reflected in school dropout rates.