Respect where it's overdue
Status has been most affected, though, by social changes. Deference is now a rare commodity, and teachers' former position as the community's most educated people is disappearing as more of us go to university.
Does it matter? The important thing is that parents consistently rate their own children's schools and teachers highly. And respect doesn't always influence recruitment. Just ask the young people desperate to join the planet's most despised profession - journalism.