When I first read the first post on this thread by thetincook I rolled my eyes and sighed. I thought to myself........"yup" welcome to the real world.
School does not teach motivation.
School does not teach creative thinking
School does not teach responsibility
School does not teach sense of urgency...
The list can go on, but you get the idea.
None of the above mentioned qualities are something that can be taught either in theory or practice.
Either it comes as part of your personality or it doesn't.
This is one of the problems.
As has been spoken about already is the example where in class 3 people are making one plate of food. One of the 3 may be committed while the other 2 are just there to take up space.
The "team" get's an A for the day but most of the work was done by only the one. This is an example of a real world situation.
I had a line cook once that was homeless (I inherited him and did not know this before I took the job). Each day he would come in and go into the bathroom for 1 hour. Yup 1 whole hour, during which time he would shower, shave and clean up for work......on the time clock. When I discovered this and called him up on it, I was told he had gotten permission from the former Chef to do this.
I had no problem with it but he had to clock in "after" cleaning up as the company will not pay him for it anymore. Next day he quit.
That wasn't the end of it.....as 3 days later I got a call from someone claiming to be this guys' lawyer, seeking some kind of severance pay. (the guy hadn't even been there a year yet.)
Anyway the point being people will never stop surprising you with their antics. You can't fix stupid.