As we head back into the classrooms, many wonder if its all worth the while to prepare the students for the upcoming state tests in March. Yes and no, but while curriculums are revamped, teacher salaries are not going up, teacher morale is at a all time low; still we find the time to educate and invigorate some sense of self worth to the kiddos. Yes there are some bad teachers out there, but those are few and far in between, that really don’t make a dent in the true sense of the word of being a teacher. State tests are a big business, since 2008 the state of NM has changed test formats and companies three times. It is no wonder that kids do not progress or do so well on these state mandated tests, simply put do teachers care, of course they do especially when our jobs are on the line if we do not make the grade. So going back to if we care, you bethcha!