Teaching kids the same basic subjects over and over does not need:
1. 4-8 years of higher education
2. superior job security/stablity comapred to private sector
3. superior pensions and benefits compared to private sector in $ terms
4. more stable pensions/benefits compared to private sector
5. constant raises over 30 years, that compound and determine the pension value
You guys are nuts if you think you need a god damned graduate degree to teach public high school history. It's freaking insane.
In the private sector, you don't do the same entry-level job for life and expect to get constant pay increases, benefits, etc. you either plateua, or you move UP the chain.
In the private sector, you don't even have pension typically, and if you do, they are riskier and have to be calcuated as such, compared to public state and federally backed pensions (taxpayer backed!)
In the private sector, you do not simply get a pay increase because you took more courses. It can actually be a detriment (overqualified)
In the private sector, you are not paid simply for a degree. You can become a VP with a high school education, it's merit based, not a check box.
Work max 10 years as a teacher, get a pension to carry forward, and move up the economic ladder to do something more challenging with your foundation of teaching skills. Milking it for 30 years is unecessary. We'd LIKe all those teachers in the private market if they are "talented" as they claim they are. Hiding out lecturing children all day is cheating everyone. Let the new teachers who still have passion come in and take over. I mean, we need the job openings right?