My son (now 18) was a bright and happy student. Until a first year teacher attempted to teach cursive writing in 2nd grade. It made him feel like a "bad" student and he never recovered. We still hope he'll graduate, either 2010 or 11, but years of thinking of himself as a bad student has really taken a toll. His standardized tests scores show he's more than competent. But his handwriting is so bad, he just stopped turning in homework.
You can bring any calculator you like to the midterm, as long as it doesn't dim the lights when you turn it on. -- Hepler, Systems Design 182