A Case High School teacher laments, in a JT letter, that "teachers are blamed for a society that fails children before they even get to school." Children are poor, can't afford college, they don't know what to do as adults, some face the difficulty of family illness and still others have "an addictive parent" that holds them back. Teachers can't "heal all the broken children" but they do "yeoman's work encouraging children from both good as well as broken or destroyed families to do the best they can." Pettit is proud of the successes of teachers.
And he concludes by asking the reader "How are you helping at your house?"
Oh that is an easy one. I am keeping my son as far away from whining, ineffective, hypersensitive, praise-deprived, excuse-making, blame-projecting teachers as I possibly can.