It's the end of the school year and every teacher I know is feeling either completely overwhelmed or resigned to the fact that the kids are going to do whatever they feel like and there's nothing they can do to change that. After subbing last Friday I can attest to this!
Being resigned is about the most disheartening feeling a person can have. It's all about giving up on the dream of how you'd like things to be, and the giving in to the feeling that this is about all there is. Being resigned means feeling powerless, that any move toward improvement is dependent upon outside factors over which you have no control, no matter hard you try to control it. Being resigned is the result of trying to do what you think to be right and good, and realizing what you think is right and good isn't what others feel is the same. Being resigned eventually results in "why even bother and who really cares, anyway?"
I'll bet it's like that outside of school, too.Or so I hear.