Between teaching middle school and teaching at an adolescent drug treatment program, I think the kids' minds were very far away from what I was trying to teach. I taught in very poor areas, where teachers were really needed... because they burned out so quickly. It was combat duty.
Those are the teachers we need though... We live in a ghettoish area where kids seem to slip by and then they get that one teacher.... the one that pulls them up and gets them a good councillar and sends them on a good path. I have kids that resemble that.
and most of us remember the "good" teachers and are grateful to and for them when we get older