Just this past week I had been thinking of the movie where the young, new teacher (she wears a pearl necklace) is hired at a tough inner city school in California. I can't remember the name of this movie off the top of my head, but its my favorite "teacher movie".
When principals, administration or the public say that certain kids just "can't be taught" that simply just isn't true. Many teachers whom teach many subjects inspire their students on a daily basis. These teachers are the 2% who know just "how" to get through to students.
I have been working more toward that model in my past two years of teaching students. Gain their respect and win them over, students will work 110% for you. That's a given that stretches across any socioeconomic barriers, age groups and demographics.