It is then I think of the once and future Friday Night spectacle of the Football Games. The most impressive aspect of the games is not the team, nor the band, nor the cheerleaders, but the fact that the entire enterprise is student driven. These students are creating something as a group from the fans, to those on the field and everyone in between. How could it be that these "lazy" people are able to consistently produce such a quality product?
The answer, of course, is that students are rarely ever lazy (with perhaps a few exceptions). What students are is unmotivated from time to time. Just like as adults we will put off that large garage project until the weather heats up/cools down/stops raining, so do students have difficulty rising to meet the projects for which they have no interest. While there is value in showing perseverance through boredom, there should not be pleasure from teachers who relish the forcing students to push through uninspired work. Students' achievement will only be meaningful if the ownership is in place and the tasks are authentic.
Until then...Go Highlanders!