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Now, before the flaming starts, that's a gross overgeneralization, I know. But the fact is that teaching of the next generation of scientists and engineers is about the worst paying job a well educated one can have in those disciplines, and the good people in it see it as a calling.
Part of the reason Finland's education system (through which I went) was so good was that your STEM teachers (ditto for foreign language) in middle/high school typically had a full master's in their discipline plus education studies, and they were paid enough to make this a worthwhile endeavor.
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Kind of ironic, actually, that the geek news site has geek news about a geek event, but no indications of participating.