Today I came across an article which pretty much sums up how a lot of educators feel these days....http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/06/living/teachers-want-to-tell-parents/index.html
I could associate with so much of what was written in this article. I love kids, I really do- even the so called "difficult" ones because I can usually get past all their bravado and can get them to work for me. It takes patience, faith, and the building of trust.
I work primarily with special education students, many of which will never be able to live on their own so I "get" that these parents have had and will continue to have a tough road. I don't envy them that, not only do they need to plan for their own retirement but have the worry of who will care for their child when their gone.
I wish parents could just trust that most of us who teach aren't in it for the money- we truly care about our students
All that said- truth be told...If I didn't have one child getting married in less than a year and two more in college next year I too would be leaving in large part due to many of the things discussed in this article. Parents like the ones described bring on a kind of stress that eats away from you.
However, teaching & the connection I have with my students minus the "parent factor"....