Where did this arguement about teaching and learning get started? When I was in high school, I thought that Chem was for NERDS. Little did I imagine that one day I would think that the periodic table was neat, fun, interesting, useful, wonderous even. The catch is that you have to do a lot of memorizing before the fun stuff becomes evident, just like you have to learn to write before you can enjoy jotting down notes or composing sonnets. It takes a truely exceptional person to inspire someone else to want to learn (we should not expect this from our teachers - hope maybe, expect, no). You can plant all the seeds you want and water them too. If the soil is used up with emotional problems at home, if fierce sun of criticism or shade of neglect falls on your seeds when you are not there, what can you do? I think that schools should go back to the 3 Rs, and have more courses on conflict management, how to argue, how to handle violence, recognize ads directed at certain groups, how to get a job.