Yesterday our entire staff was lectured about how "we don't do enough" for the kids and how that's unacceptable because there are a record number of kids who are attempting suicide or suffer from anxiety problems. Earlier in the year our department was told that "we are dysfunctional". I read an article the other day where some superintendents and politicians blamed our low graduation rate on unprofessional teachers. Every teacher I've met here is every bit as professional and hardworking (actually more hardworking because of all the crap they give us to do) than any teacher I've met in California, but they receive so little respect for it. We're constantly told how "the counselors have too much to do, so the teachers need to take some of the load", or how "the administrators can't realistically do all their work anymore, so the teachers again need to take the load", or how "parents can't parent anymore, so the teachers need to do it for them." Things keep on being heaped up on our plate, but instead of saying "thanks" we just get diminished and demeaned even more. So we have to take on the jobs of people specifically hired to do their jobs and have not other responsibilities outside of that, while we have to not only plan, teach, grade, communicate, develop professionally, but also now do the jobs of counselors, admins, and parents too? I'm not teaching anymore after this year, so I know I only have a little more time to deal with this crap, and a lot of it didn't affect me anyway, because I'm new here, but my heart breaks for the other teachers here who want to spend their career teaching for a good part of their lives. While our state is blue, the geographic majority of it is red and rural, so communities do not have a good opinion of teachers and think they're overpaid, and lazy. I see teachers everyday working themselves into the ground, they're so stressed and tired but they haven't lost their professionalism and their duty to the kids. They're also not paid very well, though I don't know how it compares to cost of living here. How does your admin/state/community treat teachers? I hope it's better than here.