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    to get into. Frankly, the educational requirements to get into teaching are weak and that has a lot to do with why teaching is not as highly respected as being a doctor or a lawyer (though clearly that is a bad example on this board). I'm not saying that there aren't a lot of excellent, brilliant teachers. But I am saying that there are a plethora of mediocre to dull teachers who can barely function in their native language and/or are just bad with kids. The bad ones are impossible to fire and the good ones don't get merit pay for being the best. No wonder our best students don't want to join this group. Throwing money at the problem won't help. It needs money and some kind of meritocratic structure that weeds out the bad ones.

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