I finally get it. The last 2 years difficult child has gotten teachers who are fairly young in age and experience, and new to his school. I never could figure this out untill I had a flash of brilliance. They do not know difficult child. They do not have any predetermined ideas about him. They are willing to give him a chance. So far he is having a great year, and his teacher does not understand why all the other teachers have warned her about difficult child. I understand. Get this---- he raises his hand to speak, even before he speaks!! I do not think he has ever done that before.