How apropos...I'm in a critical thinking class right now, just starting week three. And lo and behold, guess what? Teachers don't get a pass on their unethical behavior just because they want more money. We all want more money. But we want ETHICAL teachers, as well...and teachers are by definition supposed to be ethical, as they are teaching our children. There are no excuses. Here's the first of the assigned reading: "One of the most significant obstacles to fair-mindedness is the human tendency to reason in a self-serving or deluded manner. This tendency is increased by the extent to which people are confused about the nature of ethical concepts and principles. To understand ethical reasoning, the following foundations are necessary: "1. Ethical principles are not a matter of subjective preference. 2. All reasonable people are obligated to respect clear-cut ethical concepts and principles. 3. To reason well through ethical issues, we must know how to apply ethical concepts and principles reasonably to those issues. 4. Ethical concepts and issues should be distinguished from the norms and taboos of society and peer group, religious teachings, political idealogies, and the law. 5. The most significant barriers to sound ethical reasoning are the egocentrism and sociocentrism of human beings." Paul, R. and Elder, L. (2006). Critical thinking: Tools for taking charge of your learning and your life. Prentiss Hall. Upper Saddle River, NJ. Mani's response to my pointing out that he supported unethical behavior, fraud, lying, etc. was to send me an IM: So apparently he thinks people who expect doctors and teachers to be honest and ethical are to be ignored, lol. Also note that for fair-mindedness to exist, ethics must be observed. I think the WI teachers have pretty much proven that today's teachers AREN'T about fair-mindedness, they aren't about our children, and they aren't about ethical behavior. So what the hell do we need them for? To teach our kids to lie, cheat and steal...like they do?