The fears that the United States’ long term economic growth is endangered by its lack of highly educated populace is a well founded fear that Obama is sounding off. Yes, we stink at math. Of course, this is not the fault of our teachers, this is because of our education system that doesn’t pay or support teachers enough. Take Finland, for example. Top students who graduate from college are offered FREE master’s programs in education. The salaries for teachers in Finland rival that of their doctors and it’s profession that commands respect. Teachers are also given support in the form of additional training and education opportunities provided free by their government. Teachers are also revered in Asian counties like Japan, Korea, and China who also rank high.