Ah, finals. The bane of everyone's existence. On one hand, first semester finals scare us to death because it means that the school year is already half-way over. On the other hand, they also scare us because they're finals.
If we believe that education is "the next great civil rights issue of our time," then we ought to be enabling the 'human capital' now in the profession to succeed (while weeding out those who, after help, cannot cut the mustard).