People are getting the impression that I said the teachers refuse to write recommendations at all. They don't -- they just typically only write for some of the students who ask them and turn down others. The problem for my daughter is that the specific thing she is applying for doesn't let her just submit recommendations from any teachers; it dictates that the recommendations have to come from her math & her science teacher. She could get an amazing letter from her history teacher and a great one from a language teacher at the moment. Last year she got letters and was accepted into a great, competitive program, but she could get those letters from any teacher.