I teach in a small, private school. We have one class per grade, and our largest class is 20. I teach Lang Arts for grades 5 - 8 plus once/ week Study Skills classes, also grades 5 - 8. I'm pondering leaving teaching. I'm tired of the spoiled kids and the spoiled parents. IMO, our principal gives in too much, which adds to the problem. I hear from other teachers that in general, kids today don't take responsibility, and parents just want to see A's on report cards, regardless of what the kids know. I really don't want to be part of perpetuating this kind of behavior. (we homeschooled our kids, so I have no recent school experience to draw on) I graduated from college in 1984 (before praxis exams, and when a degree in Elem Ed meant grades 1 - 8!), taught for a year, stayed home to raise kids and am now teaching again. I'm part way through certification, but not sure I want to continue. Once certified I will be expected to earn a Masters w/ in 10 years. At 48, I have no desire to spend the time and $$ involved in a Masters. I love the holidays and summers off, but I'm not sure that's a valid reason to keep teaching. Thoughts?? Comments??