With all of the current discussions about education reform, what can we do to change the culture of our American society? Education has taken a back seat in many households. I see less and less parents coming to open houses and way too many parents are completely uninvolved in their children's education. I teach high school Spanish, and more and more students are not completing homework or studying on a regular basis. I just wonder what's going on at home after school with these kids? What are their parents saying, if at all, about how school is going? I don't see how we can reform education until our society places a higher value on education. I firmly believe that if a parent does not view education as important, the student will never reach his/her potential, and it spirals downward from there. I am concerned as I see our overall culture valuing education less and less. Teachers try to hold students accountable, but parents intervene, expecting teachers to do more and more for their students, spoon-feeding them. I don't see the value of intrinsic rewards, as many students always ask "will this be for a grade?". How can we even begin to reform education if we don't have community/parental support???