I still yell loudly, that offering merit pay to teachers is only a valid stance when the Parents, the School, the County and the State allow for proper preparation. When students refuse to learn, do work or rebel there needs to be a system in place where they can be taken and taught the value of this State Desired Direction. Talk with students. Some will say they don't care, school is a waste of time, it is too hard, etc etc. You are blaming teachers, I blame the whole system. Top down, then start at the State, and work your way down.