I'll try to tiptoe around some of the issues involved here because some of them are very sensitive. I am in a low income school, which is where I have believed for years that I am needed. I'm starting to doubt this "calling". Many parents won't discipline their children in any way--no time out at home, no taking away of privileges, video games, or toys, no good old fashioned spankings (we'll just leave that right there). Many kids who have received notes home for disrupting the class tell me their parents don't do a thing; the parents just tell them, try to be good tomorrow. These same parents won't read to their children or have them do one page of homework. I am living on my income only (without benefit of a spouse with an income, no alimony, etc.), but I buy the kids clothes, school supplies, and pay for their field trips whenever I can, and I don't mind that at all. But moms come in with fancy new cell phones and new manicures and get onto me because I asked for some support with behavior at home, request field trip payment, ask them to read to their child, etc. Maybe I'm just missing the good old days of responsible citizenship, and yes, while I've been in situational poverty because of a divorce (and a crooked lawyer; thus, no alimony), I've never lived out of my car or gone for days without food. I know there's a lot about living in poverty that I don't understand. But the atrocious behavior of some of my students--plus the chewing out by the parents that, here in March, their child knows only 3 sight words out of 80 taught--is beating me down. I know teachers everywhere are being blamed for things out of our control. But having so many such parents is taking a toll on my mental, emotional, and physical health (migraines). Should I try to transfer to a school that is more balanced with responsible parents, or am I really making a difference here? Sorry to be so long! I guess I needed to vent! Thanks, everyone!