Actually, I am not ignoring that at all. I know you said that. I also know you are ok with education being a reason for increased pay (just not a huge gap - that gap to be determined by what you feel equitable). Please, tell me where I am misrepresenting your opinion. I think I have stated it rather well. I am asking you why education should be a factor if two people are doing the same job with the same job description. You still haven't answered why. You just keep telling me it should. I expected to hear a reason such as: a master's degree makes teachers more effective therefore they should have higher pay or even they are rewarded for learning more about teaching. I may have missed your answer as to why someone with a master's degree should get paid more for doing the same job. If I did, I would sure appreciate you pointing it out.