Popular opinion has it that teachers are long-suffering, embattled, etc. -- that there's a "war" on them, making them unhappy, out of work, and (probably) taking it out on your kids in class.
According to this NYT story, however, a Gallup poll finds that teachers' sense of well-being is second only to doctors -- and that an earlier MetLife poll has just 17 percent of teachers being extremely dissatisfied. (Beleaguered? Not Teachers, Poll on ‘Well-Being’ Finds).
It's no wonder teachers are actually pretty happy with their careers. The push for reform must be uncomfortable, and to be sure CPS and other districts have done some dumb things. But the job situation is actually pretty sweet, compared to most other career sectors. According to this Atlantic Magazine chart, education employment is actually up about 10 percent during the recession -- nationally -- second only to mining.