Here's a good way to get in the right mindset for back-to-school: remember (and thank!) all those great teachers who've inspired you. I've been following the neat TeachersCount site for a while to do just that.
Since we're reminiscing -- OK, I suppose I'm reminiscing -- I hope my kids wind up with great teachers like Ms. Carroll (high school history), Mr. Gazzola (high school English), Mr. Maher (5th grade) and of course my mom, who taught 1st grade for a couple of decades, when she wasn't raising four of her own young ones. We read so much about teachers who don't cut it, but tens of thousands of teachers do. Hope they're enjoying these last days of summer, too.