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America’s public-school teachers are fired up about pay

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A third of US public school teachers are underpaid and the other two-thirds shouldn't be in the profession. See the best performing countries and you'll find the university bound, chosen based on academic performance. In other words, countries that choose teachers from the same talent pool as other professions. In the US, fewer than 30% of public school teachers finished their college degree in the top 30% of graduates, usually after attending a second or third tier college or university. Anecdotally, in the Chicago schools one can attempt the teacher certification exam 5 times before a waiting period, then another 5 times and so on. Some of our wrongs go for so long they take on the appearance of being right, thus owing to time and not reason.