I just read an article in the Houston Chronicle titled, "Most Auto Salespeople are Hard-Working, Honest," and I couldn't help but draw some parallels to the plight and perception of the modern teacher.
Here are some quotes that can apply to car salespeople and teachers. Just substitute "teacher" for "salesperson":
". . . the reality is the salespeople today are hard-working and honest individuals in an industry that has seen its share of ups and downs."
". . . most of the salespeople I know go to work every day wanting to not sell a car, but to help someone purchase one."
"Today's salesperson has to know every vehicle on the lot backward and forward. They are expected to know every feature and benefit of the cars that are becoming more complicated. They are tested by their dealerships and the factory to pass tough certification tests."
"So give a little love and respect to the next car salesperson you run into, and understand they are there to help you and to feed their families. That salesperson that spends hours with you before and after the sale may have only been paid $150 in commissions, sometimes less."
And my favorite:
"Can you imagine being in a business where everyone you speak to is suspect of you?"
So, what do you think?
original article: http://www.carprosacramento.com/not-all-liars-are-car-salesmen-car-pro-article-from-sacramento-bee