Teacher, students discuss boredom in school


Boredom has plagued students across the globe for decades. However, today’s students are even more bored with school than in the past. According to a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the U.S. only ranks 23rd in the world for the number of people age 25 and younger who will graduate from high school at some point.

“We get bored in school, so we play Mash and put stuff in my hair,” Francis Howell North sophomore Taylor Sheridan said.

Thanks to smartphones, today’s high school students are used to a constant stream of entertainment. They tweet, snap, text, pin and watch videos constantly. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, teens spend an average of seven and a half hours a day consuming media of some sort. However, this new technology is a double-edged sword: on one hand it offers entertainment and connectivity, but on the other hand it can be distracting and it lends itself to cheating, Hillcrest teacher Dave Davis said. When this distraction is removed, many students become bored.

“Now everybody wants to Google everything and find a new shortcut to doing the work they just need to do,” Davis said. “I think with everything, just put in the time and you just got to do it.”

Many students complain that school isn’t exciting enough because teachers are failing to engage kids. If teachers adapt to technology to fit their students, then the students are more likely to be engaged and active in class, Davis said.

“I feel they should make things more interesting and engaging for kids,” Shawnee Mission Northwest senior Abbi Bird said. “They wonder why we don’t do our homework and stuff, but they’re not doing anything to make us engaged.”

Some teachers refuse to adapt to the changing trends in education, while some students refuse to pay attention in class. Others, like Bird and Davis, point out how meeting halfway can be beneficial for learning.

“If I wasn’t bored then I would enjoy school more and look forward to school more instead of thinking it’s a burden,” Bird said.