This article is part of a satirical issue of Educational Horizons.

Dan BrownRemember that scene from “The Social Network” when Justin Timberlake says, “A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.” Well, you know what I think is cool? A trillion dollars. That’s why I teach.

Teaching is all about money, you feel me? I’m not talking about thousands — the average teacher’s salary is $56,383, according to the National Center for Education Statistics — or even millions. Stanford professor Eric Hanushek did some crazy math and estimated that replacing our country’s worst teachers with average ones would increase America’s GDP by $112 trillion. T-R-I-L-L-I-O-N. Now imagine what we could do if all teachers weren’t just average, but Katniss-caliber awesome? Lots more trillions. For you. And for me.

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