My goodness this thread has a great deal of excuses. It has been asked but I'll ask it again. What is the solution? You don't like what Gates said? Fine. Offer an alternative. What he said is 100% correct. Experience and a masters does not automatically make you a better teacher. Would eliminating extra pay for those do anything to improve actual teaching? Maybe not. I get paid less than half the amount of my colleagues who have worked longer. Our new teachers make less than a third. Yet, I'm the one running activities, winning awards, showing up to parent conferences, etc. So the pay clearly isn't the motivator nor the issue The issue is the question. Is the best way to use the limited resources in education automatic pay raises? If you answer yes then you have to accept the lack of funds for other things. I'm not personally willing to do that.