There is such a profound difference between the high and low math classes here at my current school. I suspect this happens everywhere so I know I'm not alone. Yesterday, my Algebra IA 9th grade class was struggling. Lots who have just given up trying. I told them we're gonna take it slow. That why it's Algebra IA. It's half as fast. I told them this and a male student piped up, "It's cause I'm stupid and we're all stupid." This is now the 2nd class that holds these feelings. Add in my Seniors who have checked out, it makes for an interesting set of classes that I teach. My 7th and 8th grades are combined and I have higher 10th. These are my 1st 3 periods. My later 3 periods are slower and the gaps are so apparent. Very sad knowing my later kids just hate math.