Disinterest, apathy, nihilistic complacency, selfishness… Whatever. Call it what you like; I don’t give a shit what word you use. Anyone who has spent time in school, college, or university knows this: too many people just don’t give a shit.
Teachers often don’t give a shit anymore if they ever gave a shit to begin with. Many of us fell into teaching in ways predicated on not giving a shit in the first place. Students often don’t give a shit because, in the words of the prophetic Hokey Pokey, “That’s what it’s all about!” That’s the real thing we learn in schools, right? How to not give a shit? How to reap without sowing, or sowing as little possible. Low investment, high return. How to grow a garden or lose weight or make money—or get diplomas, get published, receive awards, acclaim, and tenure—without really having to give a shit.