Scenario: A family moves to the US from a foreign country where education is not required. The parents view school (mandatory here in the US) as daycare so they don't care what the child (in 3rd grade) does, if anything. You get an interpreter for two hours three days a week. Meanwhile, this child cannot read or write a single letter of any language, much less English. After a couple of weeks the child stops caring and wanting to try, seemingly picking up his parents' attitude. He loves the computer games (based on pre-k and 1st grade concepts) but refuses to keep trying at the ones he thinks are hard. The interpreter doesn't show up half the time but your other students love the new kid and keep trying to involve him in lessons he cannot possibly understand. You have, however, been able to teach him to write his own name in English and to write the entire alphabet. He throws tantrums, refuses to work with anyone but the flaky interpreter but is otherwise a sweet kid. Where do you draw the line? When do you give up if you do at all? What would do to try to remedy such a crappy situation? If the parents don't care and don't speak English and the ONE interpreter for that language cannot be relied upon, what do you do? This seems like such a serious issue and so difficult. I've seen this child's teachers (ESL, reading and reg ed) complain about him while he is within earshot and I was appalled but I'm also not in their positions. I know how mad I get when my son throws tantrums all day for days at a time, I know the frustration of a stubborn child but... What would you do?