By learning and knowing about and catering to students interest, teachers are uniquely equipped and able to raise quality of the education they provide to the students. Children in their care are enabled, not only to learn and raise their standard of living, but also to live a better and more fulfilling lives.
However, in educating our children, many teachers do not differentiate students' interests from students' desires – what students bring to learning situations from what students do in learning situations. When a student persists in a task, many teachers believe that such student has interest; but, they rarely question the genesis of such interest.
At the Center for the Development of Interest in Learning (CDOIL), we differentiate what a student does when h/she develops the interest h/she brings to a learning situation from what a student does in learning situations when a student expresses interest, adjusts interest to an objective/actual learning task situations.