I'm the daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of teachers. We have 17 school teachers in my family, including my youngest son. I'm not a teacher because when I was in the 7th grade, my grandfather asked me not to teach. He had been threatened with a 2x4 in his shop the previous semester. My grandmother, a home-ec teacher, had a student brandish a knife at her the same semester. No teacher is paid enough. No teacher should ever get a pink slip because of a budget. Our children are too important.