This is a continuation from another thread, and it pleases me to see that so many colleagues are as disugusted as I am about the outsiders who think their remedies to our country's education problems are as simple as attaching some silly acronym (NCLB), adding more tests, paying students to get good grades, etc. I read every article I can on our education problems and no where except from the mouths of educators do I hear that the real problems stem from a growing disrespect of education and educators, as well as parents who for a variety of reasons do not get involved. Moreover, our country's moral, ethical and legal malaise has hurt. What are we teaching our kids? That we cheat the rules of major league baseball and still receive millions of dollars and standing ovations (see Barry Bonds); that the laws of our land can be flouted in any direction depending on wealth; that you can be one hell of a criminal, yet be the subject of a major box office film (see American Gangster) while real achievers (like the black swim team portrayed in Pride) gets little notice; that every criticism is subject to a racist or anti-Semitic or anti-somebody tag; that our Presidential primaries are being decided not by deeds and achievements, but by rhetoric, innuendo and image smearing; that cheating devices for the classroom receive major publicity and sales on television; that children rule the roost instead of parents who succumb to a variety of surrender excuses. I can go on and on. I love teaching, even if my classroom sits in a roach-infested ghetto. My kids are beautiful, not perfect, but beautiful. But each day the message of hope I send out is harder for them to hear.