While my 9th period class (a very small group) took an exam today, I decided to clean out the desk in the room, something that has not been done since the turn of the century. (A little exaggeration here, but you get the point.) In a top drawer, under a pile of crap, I found a pile of beautifully done research papers. I started browsing through them and realized they must have been an extra credit assignment some math teacher decided to give to the honor class s/he was teaching. I was appalled to realize I was probably the first teacher to turn any of the pages in these folders. It sickened me to find I have, or had a colleague who treated the hard work of the students s/he taught with such disrespect. Why make kids spend hours doing work like this and totally disregard their efforts?