But, if I wanted to be a high school teacher, I wouldn't have done a PhD! Fine, but what did you do your PhD for? A tenure-track job. In which you would teach. Yes, and do research. But, really, how much research are you doing running from one school to another, preparing courses, correcting a mountain of papers, worrying about how you are going to pay your bills? Teach grad classes? How many of those have your taught lately? What would you really be giving up if you were to get a job like this?
You could live where you wanted to, have a regular-paying job, and still have the opportunity to shape and change lives.
Ed degree? Well, it hasn't guaranteed the ability to teach college readiness. Why not try something different? This could - no, would!- change lives, students' lives who may not have even considered college when they are taught or exposed to a "real" college-level teacher. Students benefit, underemployed PhDs would benefit, schools would benefit, and higher ed would ultimately benefit.
And they would benefit in more ways than one. Suddenly, a whole lot of that cheap, contingent labor they've been relying on will be gone. What will they do then? How will they retain their best teachers and researchers when schools are drawing them away? Hey, try offering us tenure-track jobs.
See, everyone wins.