I guess you missed my point. I also know many that don't have a degree but are very successfull. If you ascertained that from what I wrote, you didn't read very carefully. Someone said that teachers don't work very hard. That person I was refering to has no idea how many hours a teacher puts in during a day and a week. I have seen many young people start out in teaching and switch to some other occupation because of the stress and long work hours. I have also seen people that were successful in the private workforce that went into teaching and were total failures. And, by the way I have done my share of physical labor.
Teachers don't work any harder than anybody else and they are paid plenty. It's a job. I thought they got into teaching "for the kids"? Obviously, it's about money, Summers off, extended holidays, early retirement, cadillac health insurance and fat pensions at the taxpayers' expense. They should be compensated based on performance, like the rest of us. Good ones should make more, bad ones should be fired and mediocre ones should make less. How can anyone argue against that? Why do they need to be protected by corrupt, liberal unions at our expense?