Can't people see it? There is NO VILLAGE. The world is not communal. Ms Barrett, your comment pre-supposes some kind of brotherhood among us. You know that Ms. Jones wants her child to step over yours, not work with, not cooperate (unless the teacher is giving stars out for coopeation that day). Look at old Twilight Zone episodes. Even China is seeing a shift from collective moving to selective. If you work in the "collective," you are servile, unappreciated and over-worked. AMERICAN CHILDREN get taught to be leaders, foremen, rich men, bullies at the least. Who are you guys kiddinng? The swing of that is in pre-school, kindergarten and grade-school, no competition, so no winners or losers. Then one day they enter the real-world and what a bummer they get. I thought I wanted to teach, but I was still a kid, then American's decided that teachers should also be social workers that get chewed out when unruly kids, not fearing anyone, can't read. What the hell? YOU WANT YOUR KIDS TO BE SMART? You want them to be good citizens? You TEACH THEM then. Stop being greedy, thankless and demanding. Who can manage 40 kids with cell-phones, more rights than adults and the belief that a teacher is nothing but a noisy grown-up with nothing better to do than make life difficult? And oh, their parents agree.