My experience shows that, given autonomy and projects that interest them, my students are motivated and work hard. Never the less our society and technology encourages diversion rather than concentration and students can become lost in the sheer quantity of information. They can lack focus, “surf” without getting anywhere. There are things to learn that they do not find by themselves. I talk of Futurism, the effect of technology on perception and our lives in 1910 and 2010. Left to themselves they do not engage a discourse: imposed upon, they switch off and go to sleep if they have no culture or reference to attach my ideas to theirs.
I believe that the answer to my question is in creating scenarios, stages to “walk through” so that they really see the possibilities and the interest. This however takes a great deal of time, creativity and energy.