Who is responsible for our children?

Whatever happened to just the three “R”s – reading, writing, and arithmetic? Besides teaching, educators are increasingly asked to address issues such as special needs, student health and challenging family situations. Add the role of fundraisers for basics such as food, school supplies and playground equipment and you have a career that extends far beyond the reach of the afternoon bell. The overwhelming responsibilities of teachers have led many to go public with their pleas for help. Why is this happening and what can be done? Teachers care about the needs of their students, but how far past teaching should their job go? What is the role of the modern teacher?