Back when our middle school was funded for G/T, my students would often sigh and say things like "It's so nice to be able to REALLY speak my mind for a change," and "Finally, we can do our real best and not be teased or tortured because it's good," and "Wow, a teacher who WANTS us to ask questions!!!" etc. The students often talked about how it wasn't just the other students who resented a really extra intelligent quirky kid, but it was also many teachers who seemed to resent a student asking unanswerable questions, or maybe a question the teacher just didn't know the answer to? Whatever. The minute that federal money was gone, the school system returned all the kids (who were reading Measure For Measure and comparing it to Cinderella and politics and the Greek myths of its origin, analyzing English in terms of Germanic origin, and debating the Holocaust. . . .) right back to the regular classroom where they were once again writing spelling words five times each and 'learning' to fully utilize a dictionary, while sitting next to kids who wanted to copy and throw spitwads and talk and annoy others and handle objects not their own and who hadn't sat still and let others work uninterrupted since the day they were born. Oh, and who refused to take part in group work, debate, or any other project yet received the same grade the rest of the group got. I'm not giving in. Frying burgers and cleaning toilets and collecting welfare and living off stamps and vouchers might be good enough for some people's kids, but not mine. And not yours, either, if they're in my classroom.