Robert J. Samuelson recently wrote in an Op/Ed piece about higher education about those who are disconnected from it. He described it perfectly:
"School bores and bothers them. Teaching them is hard, because they're not motivated. But they also make teaching the rest harder. Their disaffection and periodic disruptions drain teachers' time and energy. The climate for learning is poisoned."
His description may sound negative, but really it isn't. He hit the nail on the head, and the only way to overcome that disconnect is: "... to motivate the unmotivated."
These are not terrible, unwanted students. They are certainly capable of learning, even if their desire remains undiscovered, even to themselves.
How do we, as teachers, motivate the unmotivated?