I'm interested about what you think about this situation. I teach at an inner city high school. Sadly, students have the reputation for being apathetic towards school. Two teachers exclaim openly, "IT'S NOT MY FAULT THAT THE KIDS DON'T WANT TO LEARN!" The reason why statements like this come up is because other colleagues who have not taught here for more than 3 years think that it's the teachers who cause the high dropout rate. As I mentioned in this thread question, were these colleages out of line for expressing this? And do you ever feel the way that they do?