Teachers in my state at least(Utah) just are not paid enough in the first place(25-35k per year), if people want to implement merit pay based on some "report card" developed by a bunch of ideological extremists(like say the Utah Legislature) the end result isn't going to be pretty. All the tests will be designed to fail teachers and schools to push charter school rent seekers and likely used as an excuse to push privatization schemes.
Basically predictions of RISC eating x86 for breakfast were made over 15 years ago and never came to pass. Mostly by x86 morphing so that the difference was essentially irrelevant.
Exactly. x86 might be a pain to decode, but the fact that you can replace the backend arch that actually does all the work with one that fits the particular level of complication desired means that x86 unlike ARM(or any risc for that matter) can scale from simple 8086 with 29,000 transistors to that of a westmere-ex with 2,600,000,000 transistors. and go from 8bit to 64bits, or with SIMD 256bit. when they added large caches throw in instructions for cache control/hinting. What is really needed is a fixed instruction length CISC arch with an opcode address space large enough for future expansion, a means to deprecate old instructions, keep x86 addressing(the 64bit model that is), and an ISA that is designed to be easily decoded into whatever the chip is really running.