I'm thinking out loud here and trying to articulate a question. I've decided not to return to my current job (HS science at a public school) next year. I do not yet have my professional certification, but some things (as I see it, my mental health and sanity) are worth more than that. In fact I want to get out of education indefinitely. This is not something I thought I would be saying just over a year ago when I had just graduated and completed a great student teaching semester. So what happened? My district is totally gung-ho with mass customized learning (see Inevitable here and on Amazon) and this has caused a lot of issues between admin, teachers, parents, and students, particularly around grading practices. It took me awhile to realize that that is not the thing that bothers me the most, however. My issue is the students. When I began this job, it was a shock how non-academic these kids are. The expectations and standards are extremely low, IMO. I quickly gained a reputation as the most difficult teacher (Not because I was trying for that title. I hate hearing that said about me). My relationships with the students are really bad. I've tried to be caring and to push them academically, and all I seem to get is hatred. Most recently I have been seeing facebook posts about me -- kids writing how much they hate me and saying that they should "feed me something." (To clarify, I don't go looking for these; I have found them accidentally on occasion). They aren't shy about saying mean things to my face, either. I am at the end of my rope emotionally, and am just exasperated. I have given up...just feel hurt, angry, helpless, awful about myself. Other teachers tell me that I am one of the best teachers they have seen. My evaluations have been great. But I am hated, and I am miserable. Advice? Thoughts?