So, I'm in the process of digitizing some old files--stuff that I've had for year (15+) that is still good, but because it was in a file folder or a binder, I just forget I have it. As I'm looking back over some of this material, I've realized how much more I used to expect of my students. My projects and tests were so much more in depth not even five years ago. For example, five years ago, I had a short essay on a Macbeth test. Now, if I put short answers on the test, even with my best and brightest, many of them skip those or write two words--they would never even attempt an essay. And while I will put some of the blame on myself (I changed the assignments), I also realized that, based on the work I am getting now, that if I gave my current classes some of these assignments--they would be an abject failure. Is this just happening to me, as I've changed schools and students, or is this endemic of school in general?