It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, which can leave a sour taste in my mouth. I certainly appreciate the gifts and minor accolades I get from my school as well as parents and students. In the past, my sourness has led me to complain that this is the kind of thing we do for care-giving professions in lieu of compensation and autonomy. We have appreciation days for secretaries and nurses, too, but not for doctors, lawyers, and bankers. They already have their reward.