Many, many thanks to Sandra Hildreth, Thom Maltbie and Emily Atkinson for their terrific comments in response to Blind Eugenie. You each made wonderfully cogent, valid statements. Listening to the media, I am sometimes overwhelmed by the negative portrayal of our schools. I know I live in a very tall ivory tower, but I have to believe that not EVERY school is a breeding ground for robotic, violent, illiterate, promiscuous children, staffed by lazy, ignorant, cold-hearted, tenured pond scum. Reading the messages on this digest reinforces my belief that there are wonderful, wonderful teachers out there fighting the good fight. Let's do lunch!