Before research, I just thought it was a problem; now, I know it’s a problem. To outsiders, the numbers can look small, almost insignificant. It’s a different story when you live here. You see the children all around you: the children of poverty; drug, physical, sexual, and mental abuse; the intellectually disabled; the children who think they don’t stand a chance in this world because of the ridiculous standards that we set; the children who need love, affection, and attention from their teachers because they might not be getting it at home. Educators are relevant, and Western Maryland needs them to be prepared for the changes in our society.