Do Today’s Students Take Ownership of Their Learning?

Do you believe today’s students in general are willing or unwilling to take responsibility for their own learning?  Why or why not?  Respond with a thoughtful paragraph in which you support your stance.

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43 comments on “Do Today’s Students Take Ownership of Their Learning?

  1. morgancantrell says:

    I do not think that students take responsibility for their own learning. With technology and schooling being so advanced, students are used to everything being done for them. Sure, we have to write our own papers, sharpen our own pencils, and work out our own math homework, but most everything else we learn or experience while in the classroom is done by the teacher. Although it is a teachers job to educated us the best they possibly can, we are not being prepared for the future. Some teachers make their class so easy to pass you hardly have to pay attention at all. We are waited on hand and foot by administrators, counselors, and superintenments that we never do anything for ourselves. Once we are out of our comfort zone and off to college, we will be so used to having everything done for us that we will be lost. If there were not so many rules and if teachers did not treat us like the kindegardeners we arn’t, then we might be able to take our education into our own hands.

  2. Kellie says:

    I think students today take responsibility for their own learning because it is not a teacher’s job to get inside each student’s head and implant information in their brains. It is a student’s job to make sure they study and do whatever they need to do to keep up their grades. If a student is failing, it is their own fault because maybe they werent paying attention in class, or maybe they are too lazy and dont study, or they just dont even try, even though they could probably pull off an A. But I dont think students are willing to take responsibility for their own mistakes in learning because we teenagers are getting lazier and lazier, and dont like to feel stupid, so they usually blame it on the teacher..”Yeah, Mrs. So-and-So is failing me on purpose.”

    But I also think that students are willing to take responsibility for their own learning only if they impress themselves or ther students because they like to show off and say they are smart.

  3. Emily Slater says:

    I do not believe students today take responsibility for their own learning. Most are unmotivated to learn anything other than what they are forced to learn. If they do badly on a test, it’s because the teacher hates them or “cannot teach.” Of course it has nothing to do with the fact that he or she was talking all class period. It’s fairly ridiculous how far students will go to make it seem like it’s not their fault when they get a bad grade, when they could have just payed attention or done their homework. If it was up to most people, they would not learn anything at all. Of course there are exceptions, but these are few and far between.

    • Summer Wind says:

      As a teacher, I would have to agree with your post. However, it goes much further than just the students thinking the teachers are to blame. Our entire educational system is built on the concept of what teachers must do to teach, motivate, discipline, and inspire students. There is never any mention of what students must be responsible for, or what parents must be responsible for. If a student fails, the teacher receives the blame. Unfortunately, this thinking has made it increasingly difficult for low achieving schools to find and keep good teachers, who could actually make a difference.

  4. grifreaper says:

    I believe that most students aren’t willing. Why because, students dont want to responsibility to learn, they would rather have fun. If you ask students what they spend more time doing at home, and the answer shouldnt shock you. Most students spend more time having fun, then they do on school work. Many students are unwilling to take responsibility for something that many of them believe is more of a chore. Some students dont even care about their education, and would rather be doing something that is entertaining.

  5. brkspann says:

    I think more and more students are becoming more willing to take the responsiblitiy for their own learning, but not all students are. The whole student poopulation will probably never be willing to take that responsibility though; it will always have at least a few who arent willing. More and more are becoming willing to learn, because a lot of students are realizing that they need to step it up in high school if they want to get into a good college and have at least a fairly successful job. Also, they are becoming more willing because of the new technology and more resources they have to refer to; the new technology makes things easier and faster to get done. Students used to not be as willing, because they didn’t have these technologies and didn’t want to do things by hand or use more effort or take more time.

  6. redcap911 says:

    I think a majority aren’t willing to take charge of their own learning. In today’s society people are becoming lazier. They are starting to rely on others more and more. They feel like they need someone else to help them with their school work.

  7. Maida Ahmad says:

    I think that students these days are both willing and unwilling to take responsibility for their own leaning. Some students take responsibility, because they actually want to know more. The competition in getting into colleges is outrageous and many students realize that. Therefore, they try their absolute hardest in everything they do and are willing to take responsibility for their own learning. The students that do not take responsibility for their learning do this, because they are lazy. Techonology, iPods and the Wii for example, have overtaken our world today. Some students get so focused on these luxaries, that being responsible for their own learning becomes impossible.

  8. lindysmith10 says:

    Are students willing to take responsibility for their own learning? First, I believe that students are very different from each other both mentally and physically. Some students do not care what kind of effort they put into class, or care about the what grades they get, but on the other hand, just a handful of students actually want to exceed and try their best in school because they know that it will benefit their future. The students who do not care are the ones who are not responsible and will do anything to get around doing their work, therefore they do not take responsibility for their learning. But, the students who do take the time and put extra effort into their school work are the ones who do take responsibility and are mature enough to know that the work and passion that put into their “job” now will help them in the future.

  9. Joe says:

    I think students are willing to take responsibility for their own learning. If I student wants to do good they can take that responsibility and will do whatever is necessary. There are still other students thought that don’t care about education. They are most likely able to take care of their grades though. And sometime, even if the student can handle the responsibility, they need a push by someone. It can be a parent, teacher, or a friend to push them to keep their habits up. In my opinion, students, if they wanted to, could take responsibility for their own learning.

  10. nicoletorralba says:

    I believe that students today are both willing and unwilling to take responsibility for their own learning. Some students take it in their own hands to make sure that they leave time to study each and every day and also to learn the topic or assignment that is given to them. In contrast, there are students that don’t really care at all. They don’t take time to learn the material that is being taught and if they don’t get a decent/good grade on a test or quiz or even homework assignment, they blame the teacher. They accuse the teacher of not teaching them well and not providing them with the right information. Each student is responsible and controls what they receive on a test or quiz. There are students that are very responsible, studious, and follow the rules, but then there are the slackers that refuse to take responsibility for their own actions which results in the lack of their learning.

  11. Rachel says:

    I think children today are not taking responsibility for their own learning. They think it is the responsibility of the teacher to make sure they know all they are supposed to. They are wrong. If a student wants an education and wants to learn, he/she needs to take it into their own hands to make sure that they understand everything. A teacher is only 50% of whole thing, the rest is up to the individual student to turn in homework on time, do their classwork, and to pay attention in class and go beyond to get a full understanding.

  12. baan10 says:

    Can students today take ownership and responsibility of their own work? I believe that this question still remains unanswered. Any one person could point out pros and cons for both sides of the dicussion. In the most part of today’s schools students can be responsible and take ownership of their own work. On the other hand their are always students that can not live up to these responsibility. The students that can not live up to these responsibilities are the ones that keep this question unaswered. Schools have to make sure that all the students attended do their work and proceed. In my opinion students can not be trusted to take ownership of their own work, due to the handful that do not care.

  13. Kali Somsen says:

    I believe that students are unwilling to take responsibility for their own learning. Many students participate in sports or an afterschool activity, and instead of putting school first, they put the activity first. On the next day when the teacher asks for homework, they blame it on practices or something or other making it impossible to complete the assignment. Had the student put school first, they would still be able to do the activity while completing homework. Also many students are lazy. For instance, if they did not understand a problem in class, instead of going to tutoring, they will put it off until the last minute and ask right before a quiz or test.

  14. alexiscargle says:

    I think that students today do not take advantage of the technologies that are provided for them. They do not understand that school has changed drastically in order for students to succeed. I do not think that they are aware of how priviledged they are. However, there are some students who are willing to take that responsibility. Those students are usually the ones who do well in school and get good grades. Some students do take matters into their own hands in order to do well. I think that students need to own up to the responsability of learning.

  15. Hannah Swanson says:

    I think that modern day students for the most part take responsibility for their learning because they know that it is their job to study for tests and prepare themselves for success. Students also learn over time to accept the responsibility of their learning because when they see that they’ve failed a test, it is no one’s fault but their own. Today’s students know that it is required that they pay attention during lectures and take notes in order for them to succeed in their studies. A student must be willing to accept the responsibility of school before they will do well in school. Studying is not difficult and that is why I think that many students so in fact accept responsibilty for it.

  16. coridulmage says:

    I think that it depends. I believe that there are some kids that are very smart and can pick up on lessons very quickly, but then there are other students that need help and some one on one help. For the most part I think that students these days take responsibility for their own learning. Students are starting to care more about their studies. It is a lot harder to get into a college these days and I think students are now starting to realize that. They are taking more care in school, and starting to take ownership in their learning.

  17. nolanwilliamson says:

    Students in general do not seem to be willing to take responsibility for their own learning. In earlier grades the line between those who take responsibility for individual learning and those who do not was hazy. Most students did not take learning into their own hands, nor did they have the ability to. The further along in school a student gets, the more defined the line is. Some students excel in their learning, and go beyond what is required in-order to get ahead. Other students must be pushed to work, and will only do the bare minimum on work. Sadly, the latter category is growing at a much faster rate than that of those who take responsibility for their own education.

  18. Sam Markley says:

    I believe that students in general are not willing to take responsibility for their own learning. I believe this because if the student just flat out doesn’t do their work there are so many ways to cheat. In turn if the student cheats they might think they are getting good grades, but are just going to fail the test. Also students are unwilling because they put the blame on out of school activities. Another reason for this unwillingness is because students are lazy. Being lazy at our age is a horrible habit, and if it keeps up it is just going to get worse.

  19. austinphillips says:

    Most students would say that they are willing to take learning into their own hands but they are really not. If most students are like me the will not do the work unless they have to and if the teachers do not require you to learn it then most students will just blow it off. They will procrastinate and not try to learn it until they are tested on it and even then some people do not even try to learn it. If people do it this way, they will not learn but the bare minimum of the material. The people that only learn the bare minimum, they will not be ahead and most of the time they will fall far behind and its harder to catch up then it is to stay ahead and most people will not stay ahead.

  20. Claire Post says:

    I think that students do take responsibility of their learning. Students know that their high school education can make them or break them. Their high school years are the years that will decide whether or not they get into college. Similarly, whether or not the college they get into is the right one for them, because of their grades. The college that they might get accepted to may not be one that will specifically apply to them. In my opinion, I think that students take the time to study, and do take care to their grades. Not only do just the students care about their grades, so do their parents. Therefore, if they do not take responsibility of their grades they will not be satisfied. Also, if they do not take their education seriously they will not know what to do when they get put in a real world setting. All in all, I think that students do take responsibility for their grades, and will continue to in the future.

  21. fahrnbauer2 says:

    I think that many students are willing to take responsibility for their own learning. Many students are willing to admit that when they fail a test or quiz that it’s usually the fact that they didn’t pay attention in class or they didn’t study. How much students learn during the day is all up to them. Some students choose to not pay attention during class and not listen and their grades reflect that. Students have the ability and the resources to learn so much during the school day. However, if they don’t have the effort or discipline, those things mean nothing.

  22. halleyr says:

    When it comes to learning, some students breeze through test and homework. Then there are others who need a push and some tutoring. Over all I think for the most part student are willing to take responsibility for their learning. Even the students that are not doing so well is school, are trying. I think that students are now realizing that it is harder to get a job or get in to a good college these days. Students are putting more effort in to school and how much they study at home. Realizing that this is helping their grades go up.

  23. Jenee' Pombert says:

    I believe that most of today’s students are unwilling to take responsibility. Many people are failing classes, but they just don’t care and do not do anything to change it. A few kids do take responsibility and it is becasue they are motivated to do well. For the kids who aren’t we can tell that they do not care that much just because almost every teacher will come in to school to tutor a student or give extra assignments to help them understand what is going on in class. The teachers are not the ones who are unwilling to teach, it is the student who is unwilling to learn.

  24. Danielle Chiavelli says:

    I believe that every student is different. Some students are willing to take responsibility for their own learning because they are pround of it, and they want to succeed. Others, are not pround of their learning and they do not care that much about it;therfore, they do not want to take responsiblily for it.

  25. Paige Amoss says:

    I believe it depends on the student. Most students want a good education, and are willing to put in all the classes, work, and hours that it takes. Then there are the students who don’t understand that school helps pick their future. These students are the teenagers who don’t care about school, and just want to party with their friends while they are young.

  26. s0m0nt3 says:

    I believe that the majority of students in today’s schools are willing to take responsibility for their learning experience, and that only a handful of students in today’s schools are unwilling to do so. Mostly because today’s students are more independent, and are willing to take charge of how they learn certain material, and how to apply the material they learn into everyday life.

  27. Nicole Smith says:

    I think that most students of today are not willing to take responsibility for their work. Most students these days do not care about their learning and therefore do not try. I think that this applies to high schoolers even more so because there are so many things that stand in the way of their willingness to learn. There are sports, parties, being popular, etc. There is a list that can go on and on as reasons students feel as if they cannot take responsibility for their work. I am a very avid learner and school is one of the most important things to me, but even I get distractd with all of the things that high school has to offer. Sports become more important to students a lot of the time and students are not responsible enough to make time for school and sports. Students are not responsible enough to balance out the things in school which include learning.

  28. Clint Brown says:

    Today’s students are willing to take responsibility for their own learning because they want to have a good education for themselves. The reason being is that students all would like to have a good education for their future to do well in the real world. Another reason would be that students want to make big bucks in the future. Students would also like to have a good education to where they can do what they love. Some students would also like to get to get a good education because they would like to have a good education and learn things that they are interested in.

  29. alexarzenshek says:

    I think that some students are very capable of taking a hold of their education. They are interested about learning more, and they are responsible enough to do it by themselves. Learning can be an adventure, where you are in control. On the other hand, there are other students who rather sit there and do nothing than be responsible for their learning. They need guidance and help in order to do simple things. These are lazy students who want someone else to do their work for them.

  30. Betty says:

    Honestly, I think that students in general would be both willing and unwilling to take responsibility for their own learning. It depends really. Their are some students who believe that it is the teacher who has to make sure that they learn what they need to know. That’s the problem. If they say it is the teachers fault, its their own fault. This would support the idea that students aren’t willing to take responsibility on taking action when they are confused on a subject. A student is willing to take responsibility when they say that it is not the teachers’ fault for a failing grade. They believe that they should try harder to bring it up by themselves, whether by asking questions, going to tutorial, take notes, etc.

  31. allybandemer711 says:

    I think that students will be willing to take responsibility for their own learning if some they were having fun doing it or it reall needed to get done. It would be a waste of time to do work that some teachers may not even check. Many kids are lazy and don’t do the work that isn’t totally required. If learning was an absolute necessity, more kids would do the work. If everyone was engaged and really wanted to learn the material, it would be must easier to teach the students.

  32. emilylemons says:

    In general, I think, that today’s students are not as willing to take responsibility for their learning as students from the past were. Students used to study things on their own and try to learn on their own, now students just rely on their teachers to teach them everything that they need to learn. I think that today’s students have been taught to feel this way, and that we should be trying to learn on our own because teacher’s don’t know what we have in mind to do when we are older, and they don’t know what we want to learn.

  33. euralayus says:

    Personally, I feel that modern day students are taking their educations into their own hands more and more. I feel as if most students are more willing to do their work when they can do it on their own time at home. When a teacher gives me an online assingment to do at home on my own time, I think that I would rather do this than say, a written assingment. Students are taking responsibility for their work and actions more and more as we use an easier and more casual version of social media and networking.

  34. pnunnally21 says:

    I do not believe that todays students are willing to take responsibility for their own learining. Students get bored with homework and would rather do other things like watch tv or play games outside. Students do not think school work is very important but they do not realize that their school work will play a part in whether or not they go to a good college. If students didnt have a teacher or parent telling them to do their work, it probably wont get done because most teens dont have the discipline to do their work.

  35. keseric93616 says:

    in general, I do not think that students want or will take responsibility for their learning. Some minorities will because they want to succeed in life, but others just cannot stay focused. Most people need a guiding hand or something to force them to do work, because with school there is not really an instant rewardm, unlike yard work or chores, so most will not do it willingly. I do not think that students will ever do work willingly without the teachers and parents ushering them to do so.

  36. zmorgan says:

    I beleive that students today do not care enough about school to learn on their own, or even teach themselves something outside of school. I beleive this because students would rather hang out with freinds or play than do school work in the present; however, what they dont know is that not doing your best in school will affect your life in the long run. Children today do not realize that making mistakes in high school will affect what colleges are available to you, which can limit what degrees you can earn, which will finally result in you not being able to get the job that you want or need. Therefore, students today will not be as succesful because they do not care about school.

  37. Kristin Sundvall says:

    I think that some students are willing to take responsibility for their learning. That is, students who study hard and actually WANT to learn to get the best out of the rest of their lives and their career.

    On the other hand, I think that most students put the responsibility of their education on their teachers instead of themselves. For example, if they make a mistake, they just want to blame it on an educator’s grading system or ways of teaching instead of accepting that they should have studied more, they made a careless mistake, or they should have asked for help. I think they don’t want to take responsibility because in today’s society, a lot is expected out of teachers and one of those expectations is students getting high grades. I think what most students don’t realize is that we NEED to study and we NEED to ask questions in order to get those good grades and a good education. Our teachers can’t study for us!

  38. ayeeess182 says:

    EDITED:
    Today’s generation of students seem to be unwilling to take responsibility for their own learning. They’re too interested in their social life to be focused on school. Most students take school as a joke, and they don’t fully participate in doing their work. On the other hand, they also don’t focus on their future. If they’re not focused, then they will not get things done. Students do not have the mind set that adults do; therefore, they are not mature enough to take control of their learning. I also feel that students are not pushed enough by teachers and parents to do their work. This results in the laziness of students. It all boils down to what the student is willing to do, and I don’t think today’s students are willing to take responsibility for their own education. All in all, today’s generation of students are too lazy to focus and succeed like they need to in their education.

    -Ashley Schellhase

  39. jennifershirley13 says:

    No, from my point of view some students can’t be trusted with their own future. Before for 6th period today I would have said otherwise. In my 6th period class, yesterday, we received “take home quiz”, which means that we were aloud to work on our quiz at home with our book and our notes. When I arrived at class earlier today only about five students actually took time to do there quiz. That shocked and showed me that some students just don’t care enough to even attempt to learn. If we leave the choice of learning in the hands of all students the future will be destroyed because if the same trend of not caring continues our country and way of life will be throw into turmoil!

  40. liteachey says:

    Personally, I believe tht most or all students feel that they are solely responsible for rescieving their education and learning. They have been taught that without learning and education they will not succeed in life. Many students feel threatened by this and start to work harder. When they realize this they take ahold of their learning and their future. Students are willing to take hold of responsibility but some need a little motivation.

  41. Joy Hudson says:

    I believe that today’s students in general are not willing to take responsibility for their own learning. I think that they either do not want to put out the extra time or they do not have the extra time that it takes to study each subject every night. School is not always a top priority. Many of the students just don’t care and lack the motivation to try. Teachers offer tutoring for those who struggle, but it is up to the student to attend. You can lead a horse to the water, but you can’t make it drink. Students have to be willing to put forth some effort in order to succeed with their education.

  42. Perry Holobach says:

    I think students do depend on their teachers, or even the internet, because they want everything to be easy and right all the time. But I personally believe us as students aren’t ready to be responsible for our education. And we won’t be ready to take responsibility till we realise we need to. This time is different for every student, it could be when we begin to fail a class, or even a grade. Before we really comprehend what it means to learn.

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