Whence this abysmal inability to pay attention? The implications are grave.
Many of my students display gross incompetence in matters of focusing. And they often suffer as a result. Yet they do not learn from their errors. Perhaps because some of us do not ensure that they reap as they sow? . . .
Read exam instructions? Forget it. Loaded shotgun + own foot = blammo! Bother to review the course resources that often contain exam questions . . . along with the answers? No way, bud. Too rational. Truly listen in class instead of zoning out or transcribing mindlessly? Fat chance. Ears are for holding designer shades, not absorbing the life of the mind. Or any sort of life outside the self. Or avoiding a big, fat F.
The little darlings have been pampered so much that they believe they simply don't need to focus properly on situational demands. Who, after all, has ever held them strictly accountable? I can see that they've never had to take their parents and previous teachers seriously -- it's how they treat me and my courses. Pleasure principle 1, reality principle 0.
The consequent narcissism infects all their choices and relations. And the distractions of the digital realm exacerbate the myopia, enabling an extraordinary level of insulation and obliviousness. Apps that do everything for them lead them to think that everything in life should be so easy.
THIS is the zombie apocalypse. The shambling, anomic hordes of clueless egotists.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.