I have seen several posts recently about less than stellar performances by substitutes. I also know that depending on the area, some school districts require no more than a warm body to be in the classroom for the regular teacher. Both of these are unacceptable. What lesson do the students learn from an unqualified individual supposedly representing authority, learning, and responsibility standing in front of them? They gradually have a diminished opinion of teachers, substitutes, and other figures of authority. One of the outcomes is they can become more unruly and disrespectful to everyone. My question to all the teachers is, why can you not as a group approach your school districts and ask or even implore them to raise the hiring standards for substitutes. A Bachelors degree in any subject would be a good minimum requirement. That simply means that one has attended enough school to recognize what a good classroom environment looks like from the standpoint of teaching and learning. Secondly, there should be some sort of training program for the substitute to attend instead of the old, "Oh, you will figure it out as you go along." No, some will never figure it out and in the process do damage in the classroom.