… because they’ve lost hope.
They’ve lost hope that:
- they can fulfill degree requirements (some subjects are tough!)
- they can actually graduate
- (more importantly) they can graduate in a shorter time so they pay less tuition fees
- they can get a good job with that degree
And so they give up. They’ve lost hope. They don’t believe anymore.
A degree can still be useful. But the current educational and economic outlook doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence in the immediate use of a degree.
Educational institutes mostly teach students towards knowledge that’s known. I mean, your professor won’t set a question that he can’t answer, right? The world we now live in rewards those who solve the unknown, possibly even seeking questions that weren’t ever asked.
Teachers need to start teaching students to face the unknowable. They need to instill hope in the next generation.