>You missed my point on this...the >would have taught in ther >first place, and never chosen >there current career path. >I would have.
I think you are a special case, and you also haven't taught.
But here is what I'm saying. There are a lot of very unhappy high paid professionals. They are unhappy because they pursued a field for the money. I know at least a couple of attorneys who locked themselves into the field just by going to school. (90-120K ain't no joke). They aren't doing their clients a service because their heart isn't into it.
We reward teachers with prestige. And many teachers make a decent wage. They aren't making money like CS majors, hell even civil engineers, but they are doing a lot better than folks who did not get their degree.
You do not want the back-stabbing conniving type folks that are part and parcel of well paid professions in the class room. (well if you want to teach children to be like that, maybe you do).
But again, there are a lot of problems with education in this country, and only some of them involve educators.