"To educate a child it is necessary an entire village": this well-known African proverb emphasizes that educating regards different people and many functions. This is even more true when it comes to investigating the characteristics of school failures that can never be attributed to a single factor. In this paper, I intend to address them with reference to the different constructs that contribute to deepen some aspects of the phenomenon of school dispersion and of what happens to the "missing" students. In reality, these elements concern the school system as a whole, the specific scholastic community and its individual participants. In this perspective, therefore, I will refer to the motivation, to the dimension of authenti-city in the educational relationship, to the relationships with the families, to the relationships with other operators, to the evaluation and to the more general edu-cational relationship conceived as a complex construction.
Keywords: School dispersion, educational relationship, motivation to learn, educational agreement.