This article, while it mostly concerns public school classroom teachers, really highlights what teachers have to deal with every day. I still don't understand why teachers are so undervalued in our society. As far as I'm concerned, a good, broadly based education is the answer to almost every societal problem I can think of.
(Of course, your definition of "societal problem" and mine might vary.)
And of course, education doesn't begin and end in the classroom, and I have plenty of issues with certain aspects of American schooling, but really. Support good teachers.