Read Diane Ravitch's telling article and look at this picture (thin pinched face of teacher bullying students) and then read.
We see how important respect finally is a group of people holding firmly to decent lives.
In the London Review of Books some months ago one of the columnists said the reason the poor are now ruthlessly attacked, the middle class being systematically turned into the impoverished, is at some point the wealthy and elite of the US rapacious classes realized they no longer needed to cover up the bases of US society, no longer needed to throw out ameliorations for a small percentage to make up an upper middle class with privileges and large middle middle one to do the work and pay texts.
P.S. I was away at the Conference for the South Central 18th century society between last Thursday and this Sunday and have been unable to blog here until now. I'm glad to be back in my usual routs :). I hope to blog about that conference soon too.