I was wondering what others make of this. I teach elective classes, which means my classes have to attract enough students at sign up time to run the following year or I lose them. The culture at my school is really weak academically. Teachers grade real easy, very little homework is assigned and students are allowed to waste a lot of time. Recently a student who really enjoys a class they take with me told me that when they were thinking about signing up, other kids were telling them they should avoid my classes for reasons so invalid/stupid it was hard for me to believe. Generally they were misconceptions of rules in my class, which are totally reasonable and which these former students should have clearly understood. Instead they talked about them in inaccurate ways that made me seem unreasonable. I have developed a reputation for being "strict" because, for example, I don't let kids use their cell phones in class, or I don't accept assignments a week late! How do you all feel about being in a school culture where you're looked upon as the bad teacher because you challenge students and have standards?