Maybe people aren't that bothered. I've just dipped my toe in the water, I spent an hour coming up with The Hobbit, and I don't want to spend a lot more time on something that doesn't really intrigue me.
In the UK there was a long running school drama called Grange Hill
, you might want to check that out for teachers, there was also a popular comedy called Please Sir,
that might give you a few pointers as well.