When do parents take responsibility? It is my responsibility to educate my children. A teacher is a supplement to what my children learn at home. If your child can't read, it's your fault! Not the fault of some teacher. If your child acts up at school, it's your fault, for lack of discipline. So regardless if a teacher cares or not we need to be responsible for our own children! Fredrick Douglass learned to read and brought himself out of slavery, the things that his master said were used as fuel to break away from his oppression. The thing needed here is self accountability being modeled by the parents and taught to the students. The analogy used by the girl who wrote the paper fits in some ways, but we can't fail to look at how Fredrick used it for fuel to break free.