Joined AARP today. Gotta support the organizations that fight to keep SS and MediCare alive.
As to the original point of the thread, we have always been advised to plan our retirement with the expectation of NOT having SS. Therefore, if it is around (which the financial planners think it likely will be but the age to receive it will continue to rise) it will be a very nice supplement. If it disappears, we'll still be able to make it.
Having a state pension via teaching at a state univeristy or college is a good thing. Add to it, when you can, your own IRA investing and you should be okay (especially if you have a spouse with retirement...and you state together).