Rather than lowering teacher's incomes, all workers should be allowed to earn a living wage. Two wrongs never made a right. Expanding the low wage job sector to the teaching profession would do little, I think, to improve the abysmal educational levels in this country or improve the overall economy (which is 2/3 consumer driven). So why do it? Just because, over the last 15 years, the "real" wages of the majority of people (accounting for inflation) have declined is no reason to say, hey let's cut teacher's salaries, which would merely have the effect of "spreading" this ever expanding economic "disease" of low wages further into our economy.