As a former teacher, I agree with what you've said. I watched the deterioration of the profession over 39 years. There are too many who want to be "friends" with their students, especially at the high school level. And as someone here has already said, too many who are out the door as soon as the bell rings. Ken6565 is right, too, in saying that a professional teacher's priority is the kids. That's why I entered the profession, and that is the reward of the profession, seeing the lightbulbs go off when a lesson is learned. Of course, earning a decent wage is important, but way too many have that "entitlement" mentality that seems to permeate society today. Get the unions out of teaching!