QuoteOriginally posted by: LongThetaOne of the reasons why the better mathematicians (and anyone who can) quit teaching and go and do anything else is the combination of abusive, unforgiving students and the unreasonable, unrealistic demands of the administrators.I have taught and I have not. There are satisfactions both ways. In my opinion, the abusive, unforgiving students are both rare and easy to handle. The real discouragement is the absurdly low expectations of most students: both of themselves and the teacher. It's hard to put energy into a business when the consumers are willing to accept any product offered. It's the exceptions that keep you going.The root of the administrator problem, in the US at any rate, is that the product is terribly overpriced. This causes a cancerous growth of administration to soak up the excess profits and exclude competition. Supressing innovation is one side-effect of this.Even this I blame on low expectations. The University is the students and faculty. Period. Buildings and endowments are unnecessary, as are certifications, football teams and alumni reunions. If students and faculty acted that way, no one could boss them around. But they meekly accept the power of the corporation and its minions.