Sarah: I'm definitely not a Republican (I almost always find both sides wrong)
But Demosthenes is right about one thing..... If you have a pulse you can get certified and teach. It requires more than that to teach WELL, but fortunately for those people they don't have to.
I started my MAT back in college and I was disgusted at just how dense my classmates were. These people didn't know their head from their rears in their own disciplines.
And you want to know where the rest of us who had straight-A's throughout school, and rocked the SAT's and GRE's?
I can tell you this much, we're not in a job that pays $60k capped. In fact, I got a job $60k starting right out of college. Because that's where the top goes.