I've heard of other teachers having these numbers of Fs before. Shoot, I remember back when I TA'd for a Government class when I was a sophomore in high school, the teacher gave me a huge stack of postcards that had to be mailed out. Each one was going to the parents of students who were failing the class and unlikely to graduate.
I've written before about this sort of a thing, and I can tell you that everybody who's failing is doing so because he or she is not turning in the work. It's really that simple. But why don't they have it together enough to turn in the work? Am I doing something wrong?
Well, in the past couple of weeks, I have had four meetings scheduled with parents of individual students. (These involved all of their teachers - not just me.) Out of those four meetings, three were canceled because the parents didn't show up.
I guess that tells you something, at least.