I need a word for someone who knows something but doesn't use it.
For example, a person who does not know how to fish could be called ignorant, but what about a person who has been taught to fish but won't do it?
Not looking for something like "lazy", that would be unwilling.
"Dumb" comes to mind but according to the dictionary dumb is temporarily unable or unwilling to speak.
I think I am looking for something like this
Not knowing is to ignorant as _____ is to knowing but not doing.
The why they will not do something is a another question all together.
I have been talking with my son about him wanting to drop out of school
I am really against this and as much as I can help it I will
I have asked him to do some research as to how well the average high school drop out lives.
Using some statistics the data is very clear that having the high school degree is much better than not having it.
Therefore before you could say was ignorant as he did not know the importance of the high school degree, however he is still trying to pursue dropping out.
Not the opposite of ignorant, ignorant does not match the term because now he knows, therefore not ignorant.