This was a very well-written piece. I can say from personal experience how I had my share of teachers who did not give a crap anymore. Mind you, I graduated when the internet started to get popular (things like being able to buy online was a novel and fresh concept at the time). So imagine seeing a lot of teachers who didn’t even want to lecture, would hand out a worksheet and sit at their desk for 50 minutes until the class period ended.
Of course, those were the “bad” teachers. As long as I got an A in their classes, that was all that mattered.
On the other hand, I have had my share of great teachers as well. These were individuals who were passionate about their subject and wanted to share it with their students. Heck, I wouldn’t know anything about the Japanese language to this day if my high school Japanese teacher was not as into the topic as he was. He made learning Japanese fun and interesting.
Basically, what I am trying to say here is simple — I do believe in education. I would not be who I am without the education I have to my name. It sucks that some kids don’t like to learn. I know school can be a real chore at times, but those who want to enrich themselves would have made all of your efforts worth it. Then again, American education is godawful. Let’s be real here.