We had a kind of roundtable discussion to end up the year yesterday. The discussion was precipitated by a report highlighting the increasing number of students who don't graduate. Everyone had ideas as to why the graduation rates are low, but all of them placed blame on the education system. More money, better teachers, better programs were thrown out along with suggestions that the schools develop some incentives for students to graduate. I realize that money is tight, but it doesn't take tons of money to teach a child. I've never known of a school district that hired only incompetent teachers. Shouldn't the advantages of education be incentive enough for any intelligent person? I really get discouraged when I hear other teachers and administrators take on the mantras of the masses. Do any of you ever feel this way, or am I being unreasonable?