Do you care more about your students' education than they do? I guess that applies mostly to secondary teachers - so if you're in elementary, do you care more than your students' parents do? By far most of my students care about their education. Some of them care about their grades more than they do about what they learn, of course, but they still care. But probably 10% of my students throughout the year just don't care. Some will drop out and some will stay because school is where they see their friends. We have a staff member, not a teacher, who loudly, and with much conviction, tried to tell teachers that they did not care enough about their students. If they did, they'd be going to the kids' homes and dragging them to school every morning to make sure they got there. They'd be meeting them at the library for however long it takes to help them complete their projects and research papers. They wouldn't go to sleep at night until they knew they had helped each and every student reach their full potential. He may be right. I might not care enough. But I am simply not going to kill myself working for students that don't care themselves. I'll provide supports, I'll call home, I'll notify administration and counseling and give the occasional pep talk. I am a firm believer in you can't make a horse drink, however. It is just so frustrating when people assume teachers are miracle workers. Even more so when some of those people are staff members at a high school.