Here's an excerpt from an email I just sent a dear friend at school. I so wish I could send it to those who really need to hear it: I'm having a really hard time with the feelings of some of the staff toward the children that they teach. How sad that only those who sit quietly, work hard and achieve good results are respected and appreciated. What a supreme disservice we are doing to so many of our students. School should be a place where everyone feels safe and is valued; when the disrespect and negativity comes from the teacher, how do some of these kids stand a chance? Oh, that's right, they don't; I try to pick up the pieces when they get to grade 7 or 8 and then I send them off the high school hoping that they won't drop out. Isn't it our job to teach each child in our care, regardless of their abilities? To look for, and find, something in everyone that we can appreciate and enjoy? To recognize that each child is a parent's everything? What right do we have to treat anyone as less-than-worthy of our time and care? It really saddens me that I work with people who I am glad never taught my children.