Volume 34, Number 3

Learning Apathy

Okay, class, says the teacher. It is time. The students get out their notebooks and start writing I don’t care over and over. Some write in columns. Some fill each line. Some write a period while some don’t bother. Some leave a blank space between lines and some don’t. Some write in cursive; some print. Some write all in caps; some prefer lowercase. Some respect the margins; some don’t. When the time is up, the teacher tells the students to put down their pencils and close their notebooks, but some don’t. Some keep writing for the rest of their lives.

—Ian Willey