One thing that has been bugging me lately is the way teachers are paid, at least in my district. It makes no sense to me that teachers should get an increase in pay each year, simply because of experience. If you bust your tail and come up with a wide variety of lessons, activities, and stimulate student learning, why do you get paid the same as a teacher who simply teaches the textbook? Why can't there be a system similar to sports contracts? If you're a teacher that can get the most out of your students, are a pleasure to work with, show up regularly, and do a killer job, wouldn't it be great to have a "free agent" list of teachers? Let the schools bid on your services when your contract is up! Competition has always been an integral part of the American way, because it eliminates the dead weight. Why can't teaching follow the same process? If you're a good teacher, then you've got nothing to worry about!