Stories of students attacking teachers aren’t new, or even shocking. But recent cases and the media coverage and public reaction they have garnered has once again highlighted a crisis in public education. Too many people blame a lack of discipline, absentee parents or lazy teachers for the obstacles in schools. In reality, it’s much more than that. The real issue is an identity crisis. What exactly is the job of a teacher supposed to be? Judging from the tenor of the most recent news stories, it is apparent that no one has a clue.