As a parent, I cringe to understand my children's accomplishments have to be their own more than they can be trained or controlled... by me and/or all that I would have for them. Their grades and their attitudes are not always as I would hope them to be. I admire the teachers and school staff, but I do not in any way envy them their positions. What can we do as parents? Potentially, as parents even of the more difficult, thick headed students within the system... we must know what alternatives are available and how to best make those alternatives accessible to our children... The military may not be something most parents, today, seem to want their budding blossems to be be involved in but the different branches offer a lot of avenues for high school students that need direction, even if they choose to not enlist after their high school years. The military volunteers and personnel seem to take great pride in training and educating our youth toward merely being the best minded citizens possible... Another thing... are the alternative schools... the technical training institutes. GED and those who don't even have such [ yet ] can qualify for such courses and learn a lot of very important basics without being strapped down to books and paperwork. What of the youths beginning the early years of high school who seem to reject, buck, or just not even interested a little bit in receiving the education offered? There are avenues... that may help keep them connected to learning without necessarily restricting them to what is available in class alone. What are some ideas the board may have? Cutting out bad-tempered and/or individuals with bad attitudes are not usually the options many have that are put in some of the most difficult dilemmas.