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$45,000 a year to start? No wonder young people don't want to teach.

To the editor: One of the most pernicious ideas afloat in the public is that teachers “don't go into teaching to get rich…they love to teach” (even when offered by an ex-teacher, who, tellingly, is now a state senator). ("How California can entice young people back to teaching," Feb. 8)

Yes, teachers are dedicated, but this continually rebooted perception translates into is a collective complacency that keeps teachers underpaid and teaching not truly respected in a culture that values ambition (not in the least historically fueled...