The principal at this school gave some wise advice. She said that whenever she hears a student say “I don’t care”, she tries to find the kernel of truth behind those words. She’ll ask the child “Can you tell me more about that?” The real truth may be:
- I don’t know how to do this.
- I need help but I don’t know how to ask for it.
- I’m embarrassed because I don’t understand this.
- I think this is too hard for me.