Does anyone else feel embarrassed about the way certain people talk about teaching? Sometimes I hear, "It's the hardest job in the world" or "Teachers should be payed like doctors or lawyers". I feel like it is very patronizing. I hate feeling like a "protected class" of person who can't handle any real criticism or real discussion of the profession. Of course, the flip side exists. People call teachers "babysitters" or repeat the ever-present "Those who can't do teach." I want to be viewed as a regular everyday person doing a job. I don't want to be a superhero or a complete low-life.