I am quite tired of this "Teacher's are saints" platform that teachers are using in response to the campaign to reform Education (again...ugh). So what? I don't think reasonable people will disagree. Let's move on.
Part of the issue here is not an attack on teachers it is our willingness to be baited into a ridiculous argument over who is better. Rather than continue such a pointless argument on whatever forum you are choosing (be it facebook, myspace, email chains, blogs, etc.) we should be rallying with each other and with politicians to fix the real problem. Our students, our children, our future... they are disrespectful, ungrateful, and uneducated. This, of course is based on an overview of children rather than a case by case basis. I think parents, teachers, community members and police officers can agree on this generalization.
Let's make a plan.
Remember, we are the adults. Remember Abraham Lincoln: "United We Stand, Divided We Fall." Let's unite against accepted mediocrity, disrespect, and misinformation.