Students have to compete or be left behind.
President Obama knows that.
That's why he is pushing a plan to recognize and reward teachers who have dedicated themselves to science, technology, engineering and math. A program commonly known as STEM.
Muhammed Chaudhry is the president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation.
"We know there's a challenge between acquiring teachers because they compete against industry. They can be an engineer at a big company like Cisco or they can be a teacher," Chaudhry said.
The program will begin with 50 exceptional STEM teachers in 50 locations. It will expand over four years to reach ten thousand master teachers who will be paid up to $20,000 over their base salary.