I'm a substitute teacher ( English major, minors in French and Spanish ) at a California Distinguished school in a district with a broad socio-economic range. I may have recounted this story before. I subbed for an English teacher who was sick. The first day of her absence there was a different sub, and her honors English sophomore classes (2) did an assignment that she asked me to handle on the day I was there for her. When we found out that the kids had already completed that work., the teacher in the adjacent room texted her and we decided that a timed-writing would be assigned and I would take the 70 papers home, red-pencil them and return them to the absent teacher to handle. I spent several hours doing those tasks. Two of her students attend the same church that my wife and I go to, so I asked them whether my comments on their classtime essay were useful to them. They told me they never got the paper back. I encouraged them to wait a couple weeks and ask the teacher what happened to their essays, that they were interested in what the sub thought of their work. The teacher never returned their papers. I was personally disappointed because I had committed a considerable amount of time into the project and the absent teacher has initially bought into it. But what I am most disturbed about is that she denied those 70 kids the opportunity to benefit from another person's perspective on their written work. It's immodest of me to say that I'm a better critic of high school level written work than the absent teacher, but I'm certain it's true. I chalk her behavior up to laziness, which I can understand -- who wants more work? -- but I cannot avoid the thought that she betrayed an educational commitment to her students. That's unprofessional. I think that's a growing problem within the profession. As kids get harder and harder to teach, the tendency is to let them set the bar.