Was listening to a little of MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning and it dawned on me how the teaching profession has experienced a "perfect storm" over the past few decades.
First, as Lawrence O'Donnell pointed out, forty or fifty years ago women didn't have a lot of options in the workplace. So instead of becoming lawyers or physicians you'd have these ridiculously overqualified teachers. Second, on the parochial front you had all these dedicated nuns teaching. Third, there was the breakdown of the family resulting in kids not having parental pressure to do their homework. Fourth you had the unionization of teachers in the '40s and '50s, which were designed to look after themselves and not the children.
Put all those together and voila, it's no wonder we're in the fix we're in today.