As a teacher in a large midwestern inner city school I can understand some of the frustration with merit and merit pay. Here is why I say that; I may be the best thing in the classroom since sliced bread but I do need a little help from mom and dad, a guardian or somebody. That being said I would also like to earn 74,00 a year. So, I say shut up to the CTU and get back in there and do the best you can. If you don't like it just remember the schools of today stem from the liberal morality that has spawned them. Get a different job if you can't take the heat. WalMart is calling.