We Try Because We Believe We Can
It's true that as a student, it's important to have self-motivation and take responsibility for one's own learning. Teachers can provide guidance and support, but ultimately, it's up to the students to stay engaged and motivated in their studies. However, in my experience many students came into the classroom with heavy worries and burdens, this impacted their ability to stay focused and pay attention, it also impacted their motivation to learn. I found when I delivered information in a fun and memorable manner, when I had positive relationships with them, and when they were more engaged and happier, they were more likely to succeed. These strategies are proven to keep the brain open. They offer opportunities for meaningful engagement with material, and discussions that stimulate curiosity and critical thinking. This approach helped me to help them succeed, and yes, their success led to more options in life.
"It is part of the teachers job to motivate the unmotivated". When I was unmotivated, I became motivated when I understood that to have options in life I must have an understanding of the information my teachers were presenting. I started off each class respecting the teacher because they had the information I needed to attain those "options". My teachers only owed me the information, I didn't need to know they respected me before I would listen to the information. And they didn't need to put on a show/entertain me before I would accept the information they had. Education is one of the major pathways to having options later in life, society not emphasizing this to students is going to have negative repercussions in our future.