TEACHER PAY IN PERSPECTIVE Yes, competition works. But if you are a socialist or a competition-phobic teacher union leader, an educational free market is your worst nightmare.

Should we pay teachers more? Depends.

Teacher pay has become the topic-du-jour of late. The subject has even worked its way into the U.S. Senate, where Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders recently held a town hall on the “teacher pay crisis.” The strident socialist invited Randi Weingarten and Becky Pringle, two national teacher union leaders, to join him for a slanted and hyperbole-riddled evening.