Don, my daughter went through hell at school. She literally wanted to give up on life. She had some totally shitty teachers who took my breath away, such was their insensitivity.
I do not believe that just because someone has the title of 'Teacher' that they are to be looked up to or respected.
I also believe that TRUE teachers, those whom we remember all our lives, are BORN teachers, they do not become teachers through endless examinations or college...they are simply born to be teachers, loving what they do, having passion for knowledge and passion for children, whom they care about and would never DREAM of hurting, either physically or emotionally....
Sadly, the system has almost removed ALL of these wonderful teachers, for these days teachers are made to teach to the requirements of those who create The National Curriculum and the 'Death Trap Schoolrooms' which, for so many children, does eventually lead to a life of desperate insecurity about themselves, or, in some cases, actual death itself, brought about by despair of the terrible and shocking stress we put so many children under in order that they pass the required insane examinations to make them 'qualified human beings' rather than those whom the school system stamps 'FAILURE!' so early on in life.