I actually get depressed teaching and seeing the current state of education. This was not my experience in high school or maybe I was just not attuned to things at the time. I don't remember most of my classmates struggling with the basics. I don't remember students being so disrespectful to teachers and talking back to them. I talked with my colleagues from last year and none of us remember students complaining to their teachers let alone the principal when we were in school. In every single one of my classes, my students come unprepared. I often feel like an elementary school teacher as opposed to a high school teacher because I'm having to teach elementary school material. Then add to that the fact that the majority of students have no critical thinking skills or common sense. It is no fun or intellectually challenging to teach anymore. They also can somehow remember lyrics to songs but can't remember basic facts. The honors classes now are the equivalent of what used to be a regular class. Students get upset if they don't have a B even though twenty years ago, they would've gotten an F. Parents get upset and complain for the same reasons as their children. If you tell the parents they don't know the basic material that they should've learned in elementary school, they won't believe you. The education system in this country has become an utter joke. I'm in awe of the teachers who somehow have managed to dealt with it all these years. I'm impressed with the teachers who are somehow happy with everything and their jobs. And if you're the lucky few who have found a great school with a wonderful admin and students who are actually at the level they should be, then my hats off to you. If my viewpoint is cynical, well, I don't intend on remaining in teaching for much longer.