Gadfly's Mike Petrelli offers an idea about compensation that really works best with his illustration:
Petrelli makes a rapid case that it would be better for the teacher curve to look more like the others. That wouldn't be flat pay for all years: it would have a couple of steps as teachers passed key milestones that go with rising effectiveness. But it would mean a teacher who had gotten a solid mastery of classroom practice would move up more quickly in the early years. In exchange, the peak years might not go as high, but total compensation for a career would be the same.
I think there's an idea here that could have benefits, and it's more like the way McKinsey & Company say the world's best-performing nations organize compensation. What's harder for me to imagine is how an American school system to move smoothly to this model.