Sarah Averill explains:
The real sting, though, is that suddenly, teachers are characterized by politicians and pundits alike as greedy money-grubbers with powerful unions and bloated benefits, who work a few hours a day with summers off, and can't even get a kid to pass an exam. There have always been people who say this, and normally we can laugh it off -- you need to have a good sense of humor, after all, to be a teacher. But now, it's not just anyone saying these things -- it's our leaders, the ones we voted for and listen to. And people, from school boards to parents, are listening to them as well.