To add to Megan's posting regarding Dave Eggers' piece on teaching... I just purchased his new book, Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers. So far it is exactly what I have believed for a long time. He looks at the myths involved in the teaching career and the possibilities that may help make it the professsion we all believe it should be seen as. Finally someone wrote about it. Fascinating... I'll bring it to class but check out the link if interested.
By the way, if you don't know already... Dave Eggers is amazing. Check him out. He wrote the best memoir you will ever read... and he went to my high school.