Third - as to the negative reaction to teachers; remember that we get the children for just over 25 hours a week - therefore about one seventh of a week - the rest of the time its down to parents to educate, teach, control. A huge amount of the problems we face are down to poor parenting, families who split up and pass the children from pillar to post, don't bother reading with them, don't send them to school on time or having had breakfast. It's a wonderful profession and a great job, admittedly with just a few bad apples, but don't ever blame us for all societies ills!
Just remember. Go on strike when you arent getting that above inflation wage rise or maybe see your pension not quite as cushy as it once was But seriously, I agree teachers are often picking up the pieces from what is a becoming a broken society in places.