shostakovich wrote:Hormones? Inadequate public schools? Burnout? Other? It's disappointing to see the great start followed by the decline.
Yes, notafactor, notsomuch, youbetcha. Not a decline, a development. It's called adolescence. And it's even worse from the inside than from the outside. Nevertheless, persevere! In every group there will be a few who are having a good day, not suffering too badly from the hormonally induced insanity, and will listen to you. (But they'll never let on. That would be uncool.) For most of us, adolescence is when we catch our lifelong passions.
There is fertile ground. Keep scattering those seeds!