Don't you think that teachers should get, like, stripes? Epaulet stars? Letter bars? Some kind of mark of their heroism and dedication? Veteran teachers would be just covered in shiny acknowledgements. Greener teachers would be dazzled by their experience.
This is my second year as a not teacher. Lately I've been thinking that those of us out of teaching should get some kind of chip to acknowledge our past work but also the challenge of transitioning to a more civilian life, if you will. The healing process, the trying to escape or ignore the ever-persistent teaching dreams, the relinquishing of office supply stashes.
Happy fall, everyone.