I know better than to even get involved in this discussion, but you aren't entirely correct Bob. You CAN be fired...just not without just cause and due process. Will the union back you up? Not if you broke the law, but in most cases, yes. That is true of most unions, I believe. Retirement health insurance? Not in PA unless an individual school district offers it and most don't. As far as repercussions based on quality of output, that is no longer true in all cases. In Pennsylvania, students must take Keystone Exams in Biology, Algebra and English/Lit. If my students didn't achieve the state's mandated percentages in my subject, it would result in an unsatisfactory evaluation for me. If it happened three times In a row, that is grounds for dismissal. I didn't consider the salary as a great incentive when I started. My husband made more working in a factory. I was offered twice my starting salary to enter a management program at UPS where I worked during college. It wasn't what I wanted to do with my life. You are correct in that ALL students are not prepared for college. College is definitely not the correct career path for all students. You can't force student to take a college prep curriculum anymore than your college can refuse to accept them. All I can say is that I taught many students who were amazing workers and much more prepared for college than I ever was! (And I was a straight A student, college prep) Pension? I have no argument with you there. I am enjoying that very much!