I understand being a teacher is tough. I would venture that being Ali's teacher is even more tough. However, I do not understand singling a student out and constantly making her the "bad" kid. Ali is crying tonight because that teacher of hers was horrible once again today. I'm not saying that Ali wasn't horrible herself- as a matter of fact, she told me this after I had gotten mad at her for taking things out of my room- so she was already in tears and looking for a way to manipulate me- but unfortunately for me, she hit a sore spot. I loved going to school. I loved learning and I loved being around my friends. I was a pretty good student, I really don't remember getting in trouble- but I didn't ever struggle with learning. Ali does. She has a hard time reading- and that's pretty well connected to everything else. I don't think her teacher ever had a lot of patience with her... from the beginning of the year he's not had much nice to say. Once, two weeks after school started, he told me he gets mad at her more often cause she has a "reputation." A reputation after two weeks? He wasn't sure she was even the one to blame, but because she was the one most often in trouble, he just assumed it was her and got angry. (In this situation, he was apologizing, he had made the wrong assumption) Since then, I've wished I switched her, but I kept thinking that maybe he would be good for her- maybe a strict teacher is what she needed to learn respect. Maybe she would be better at her school work if she was pushed harder. I can say she's a much better reader- she does OK in math- she's no super-student, but she does well enough. I can not say that it's because of her teacher though. I don't know that he's done anything for her, but to make her hate school. His influence this year is going to be a hard one to fix in the years to come. I don't know if it's because their personalities clash- if he's just singled her out as his least favorite or if it's because she's genuinely HORRIBLE, but I do know, that no matter how bad she is- she can be taught to respect. And those she loves, she's incredibly loyal to. Those who treat her with respect, get respected. She absolutely loves to be loved. Unfortunately she is convinced that Mr. Karren doesn't like her cause she's not as cute as another girl in the class. (NOT AS CUTE? Have you seen ALI?) I want her to love school, I want her to love learning- but now I don't know if she ever will. I don't like doing anything I'm not good at either, and when the people who are supposed to be helping me are making it worse? I shut down. How can I be upset at Ali for doing the same?