Since entering the teaching profession having worked for a considerable period of time as a frontline children and families social worker, I regularly have days where I find myself standing in disbelief at just how fantastic it is to be a primary school teacher. No two days are ever the same, we have great fun and I get to teach interesting and exciting lessons about weird and wonderful subjects. Don't get me wrong, the paperwork side of things can get a bit frustrating however I constantly feel that the perks far outweigh the drawbacks. Over the last couple of years I have spent time in a number of staffrooms and the overwhelming similiarity between all of them is the culture of constant moaning - not just about school but about everything and anything. I enjoy the staffroom buzz when moods are high, however, such occasions are sadly limited and I tend to bite my tongue and passively observe when the moaning starts. Why is it that teachers love such a good moan? And before anyone tries to argue otherwise, it is not 'venting' (the apparently healthier alternate version), it's just plain old-fashined moaning. Yes, teaching has changed considerably over the years and there is far more bureaucracy. Yes, pressures to perform are far greater than ever before. Yes, managerialism is all-pervasive and filling the profession with weasel words and short-term, poorly thought out local and national educational policies but surely we can see beyond all of that as a profession? Teaching is inherently a utopian profession, we want to make the future better. We also get to share in some pretty special moments with children, not to mention the incredible holidays (which I very much accept are needed, particualrly by the children). Why then does a culture of moaning appear to be so prevalent? What has happened to make teachers so bitter and what can be done to stop the rot? Perhaps I am just naive and have yet to take my rose tinted specs off. I can however testify having re-trained from another profession that the grass really is greener on the other side.