I had a student today who started off the period whining about how she was too tired to do anything (I ignored), and then started to veer into disrespect (giving me a "suggestion" to stop moving while I talk, and rolling her eyes and groaning at every other word I said when giving instructions to the class which she obviously didn't want to carry out), and then outright refusal to dress safely for the lab. She had open-toed shoes and refused to wear the options provided (I have a series of boots and shoes, and I even gave her the option to borrow someone else's shoes or get her own out of her locker). I simply told her that she would lose participation for the day if she refused to participate. She didn't care, so I didn't care. I let her lose participation, and I wasn't going to follow her around and harangue her about it. Anyway, she goes to her next class and complains to her teacher about it who decides to talk to me about how we can work together to get the student to succeed, and make up her participation points and yadda yadda. And I eventually said she can come talk to me to make it up because this is not a battle I want to fight but to be honest... I don't really see why I should even bother helping this student make up her lost points. I was very tempted to say no. All that really teaches her is that she can be a brat in my class with no consequences. But we feel a lot of pressure to bend over backwards and force our students over the next level even when they're doing everything in their power not to succeed. I have a few students in my classroom that will simply do nothing. I've harrassed, harangued, invited, begged them to participate, but they just don't want to do the work. They are only here because legally they have to be. But if I ever for a day decide to just leave them be because if I engage them, it just starts a power struggle and behavior usually worsens and they don't get the work done anyway, then my admin is on my back about why this student isn't passing, and what am I doing to get this student to pass, etc. Why isn't responsibility on the students anymore?