How do you politely tell a class that some of them are ingrates? Here is the situation. I teach adult students. One class I teach is only partially funded, so the students have to pay for the remaining cost (compared to Universities it is cheap). These students are great. They want to learn, they try to learn, and unless they are extremely sick, they always make it to class. My next class has complete funding. Students don't have to pay a dime. Not only that, but they are funded for twice as many hours. In this class, I find a lot of the students to be fairly ungrateful. They miss classes whenever they feel like it. They complain that the content is boring (it's computers, the basics are always boring (and ya know what, it isn't boring!). Is there a polite way to say,"hey dummies, to take this course at a University it would cost you more than $1000", show a little more appeciation?