I may be naive but I hope most teachers got into the profession because they liked kids. Or at least that played a part in it. I see too many teachers who have lost that and I really don't know why they continue to just go through the motions. And when I say too many, I really mean about four or five where I work. I don't really know how "liking students" can be quantified on a teacher evaluation system so I don't know if would be seen as an important quality by the powers-that-be, but perhaps it should be.
They Ripped Him Apart by Pauls Toutonghi
I tagged this as both an essay and a piece of longform journalism. This tells the story of Jadin Bell, an openly gay 15 year old in LaGrande, Oregon who committed suicide due to bullying. Bullying is a big topic in schools now and there is a multitude of articles out on the interweb that can be found and taught. This just might be the best one for learning purposes. The author, Pauls Toutonghi, reports what happened to Jadin Bell, but also what the aftermath was like for his family. He also talks about what it was like for himself as a teen. He also talks about his suicide attempt. This piece has layer upon layer of content.