Bob is having frustrating days teaching because about half of his class has no intrinsic motivation to learn and he feels unable to either inspire or control them into cooperation. I know he is inspiring to many individual kids who are interested. I hate it that so many in schools aren't excited by the learning itself. I was, at least usually - and when I wasn't excited by the subject matter making adults proud was sufficient motivation. Obviously this is not always true for kids - probably never was. Bob talks about teaching high school and feeling that the motivation issue might be easier there. I think I'd be more afraid in high school. I hope he finds a way to feel happier in his work.
I've been excited watching primary election coverage - not so much because of particular results but because I feel people thinking that their votes make a difference, caring, hoping, trying - wheels of democracy turning, and I like it.