I had an interesting conversation with a student (and then his tablemates) this week. I don't remember how it started but I do remember saying that teachers teach because they WANT to be around students. Because they want to see their students learn and grow. He seemed dubious so I asked him "what, do you think I *have* to teach? That I couldn't do anything else if I wanted?" I told him that if the day came where being around teens was no longer enticing I would find another job. I reminded him of my education, which does allow me a lot of freedom, and told him to be a little more mindful of the choices that his teachers have made just to benefit him and his peers. I think I may have changed a few minds that were still caught up in the "those that can..." mess.