This is semi-sad...but oh, so true. As I post my travels on facebook, my friends all comment on how easy my life must be. My mother does think I'm a teaching genius. With all the budget cuts going on, the suits obviously think that we have nothing but time to waste. My kids do think I'm evil some days. I believe that I'm the best teacher I can be (most days). And the sad part is....the last picture is pretty realistic...that stack is the stack of five paragraph essays sitting on my kidney table. I remember the good old days, when I didn't teach to a test and the kids actually explored and taught themselves with a little direction from me. Oh, and I also remember the day when we could actually discipline children without worrying about being sued. Ah, the good ol' days. I have faith that it'll come back around. Until then, I'll just keep on joking and laughing with my kids...and shoving info down their throats all the while.