To the person that said that teachers (in general) don't teach the doctors, etc. So only college professors are responsible for that person's education? Seems to me like it is the elementary teachers who lay the foundation for all students learning careers. Elementary teachers are the ones who help students to learn the basic skills (i.e. reading, writing, math, etc.) that they will be using the rest of their lives! If an elementary teacher does not teach a student something like reading comprehension, a college course in anatomy years down the road will be pointless- since they don't know how to understand what they read.
As for your question about teachers getting paid more. I completely agree. I feel that people who dedicate their life to the simple things that people take for granted (i.e teachers, fire fighters, police officers, etc) should be paid more. I have always thought that people such as lawyers, actresses, and sports players are grossly overpaid. But they will continue to be, since our society feels the need to be constantly entertained and is sue happy.
I really don't think people realize the hard work and dedication that all teachers put in every day. Yes, there are a few bad teachers (what profession doesn't have the "bad apples") and those teachers should have repercussions. But the good teachers should be given the respect they deserve!