I would like to hear from those who teach in middle, upper middle, and upper class neighborhoods. I have always taught in high poverty areas, and just this year came to a lower-middle class school. The building is great, staff is excellent, resources are pretty decent. My students' parents have been supportive and the children are basically good kids. What I want to know is, do teachers in upper class schools have to deal with inattentiveness and inappropriate behaviors? I picture the kids listening to the teacher and generally doing what they are supposed to. I am not happy today because when I corrected another 3rd grade teachers' student in the hallway , the child waited until I walked away and said to his friend, "I hate white people". (I have 3 white students, the rest minorities, although he was obviously talking about me). Five minutes later, during indoor recess, I overhear one of my sweet eight-year-old describing a sexual act using very graphic nouns and adjectives (not that he could define either part of speech, ironically). I don't want to idealize an upper class environment, but my supposition is that the kids said these things today because of their family backgrounds. Is it like this with wealthier, more educated families? Is this what all kids are like, regardless of their home environments? I can say with certainty that these kids are better behaved than those in the most needy areas that I have taught in. So if I taught in an even more affluent area, would my students be even easier to teach?