Today we started research papers. Oh, the gnashing of teeth when I told them what we were going to be working on next. The word seems to strike fear in the students hearts. It doesn’t help that other teachers in the school are having the students do easier work in class. My students are begging to read Cinderella and Snow White instead of Shakespeare, To Kill a Mockingbird and to write. While I know that today they are begging for easier work, I also know that when they go to college in the future they will thank me. Sadly high school students very seldom can see into the future. All that they know is what is happening to them right now.