I didn't say to blame the parents either. As a parent of an underachieving teen, I really don't blame myself or the teachers. My child is just unmotivated, doesn't like to do homework, is disorganized, and doesn't see the importance of handwork. Do I try everything I possibly can to increase her motivation, oh yeah! I hold my teen responsible for her lack of motivation. She still scores very well on all the state testing (and has always). I am just happy that she has passed all her classes and scores high on the testing. I think she has some pretty great teachers and would be upset if my child's lack of motivation caused one of her teachers to be demoted, not get a raise, or even be let-go. Everybody is just different. Some kids have incredible motivation, while others don't. You can't put everybody into the same box! I believe in personal responsibility and if we all work together to promote this concept, the face of education could change.