The idea that one has a strong inclination to a career is not to be confused with a religious calling. It may be a personal view but if teaching is seen as just another job with it's key reward being financial alone there is no wonder we have a recruitment and retention crisis. Since if that is the case those enticed by the fact that it is a mere job would probably do just as well working in any other job. The teaching I speak of is a rewarding career not a merely a means of paying bills. If new recruits think that it is then good luck with that since once they tot up the hours required to perform well in the state sector they may well continue to find a job in a rather large supermarket pays equally well and without the additional work/life balance compromises, (clearly many do hence this thread). This is not to say the profession as a whole or more specifically it's representatives should sell teachers short in their remuneration, nor should they agree pay freezes in advance since the impact of a recession such as that experienced in the UK recently is then compounded. I do not disagree that state education has been more clearly defined these days as simply a means to fulfil the needs of the labour market in terms of it's relation to producing students/citizens capable of functioning in industry and that is why the policies to support it vary as often as our changes in government and in some cases moreso. Whether this acceptable or not will of course be defined for the most part by your party politics.