Please don't get me wrong - I'm the first to look inward when things don't go as they should, to see if I can improve the way I handle situations. Also, in a very challenging, inner-city environment, my class is (for the most part) great! They (on average) have the highest reading scores in 4 years! (Yeah, us!) That being said, why are the failures, the kids who can't quite get it (regardless of how many interventions they receive), the kids who refuse to mind (and don't mind Fs in conduct or disciplinary referrals), etc., considered the fault of the teacher? 9 times out of 10, low performance and discipline issues are portrayed by the media and (my) administration as such. When did parents and students stop being responsible for their actions as well?