This, with artificial implantation and genetic engineering, brings us one step closer to asexual reproduction. It won't be long before science is able to pair DNA from two women to create a new offspring.
I just wanted to point out that these are two different things. If there's two organisms involved then it's sexual reproduction. For it to be truly asexual you would have to fuse genetic material from two eggs from the same woman - this is actually worse than inbreeding a brother and sister because *every* bad recessive gene you have has a 50/50 chance to present both copies in the offspring. With siblings at least about half your genes are different. Two different women wouldn't present this problem, but that is not asexual reproduction.
I went to public school and had some great teachers who were worth their weight in gold. I also had other teachers who weren't worth a nickel and did a great amount of harm to their students.
If teachers' unions ever agree to let teachers be paid based on how good they are - rather than just by seniority - you might actually see more attractive salaries for good teachers.
The problem is how do you determine how "good" a teacher is? If it's based on student performance then what about the teacher that gets stuck with a class full of idiots? Maybe they're a great teacher doing the best they can but they can't get anywhere because the principal took all of the smart kids and moved them to the classroom of the teacher blowing him on the side so she gets bonuses. The only way to objectively measure a teacher's performance is by auditing their work and that's way too expensive to ever happen. So the crisis continues.
I'm only allowed to say this because no one will believe it anyway.
OSX? Touch-based desktop? Which Mac comes with a touch screen?