Carolyn, those are really good questions. Thank you for daring to bring them up! If our motive in working hard to help struggling students improve is to make our own lives easier or to build our own reputation, we walk in the flesh and can only expect to deeply frustrate both the student and ourselves in the process. Our Father praises faithfulness, not our version of success. So how do we know when a student has reached his potential? Pushing beyond that is counterproductive. But if I easily lay aside my calling to help equip students to reach their potential because it pulls too much on me, there too my motive is to make my own life easier! It is really good to ponder these things and not quickly move toward a “one size fits all” approach. Each child is unique and I believe it is only on our knees that we can at length discern what would most fit with God’s intent for each individual for the short year or two we have direct influence in their lives.