Yes, I believe teachers are underpaid. No, I don't want more money. I make enough that my husband and I can pay off our loans and support a family. It is easy, no. Is it possible, yes.
What I think would make my job better is less expectations. No, I don't want teachers to be able to get away with things they shouldn't do. I want us (culturally) to understand what it really takes to plan a valuable lesson. Then I want enough time in my day to reflect on what I've taught, assess my students and give them feedback, and then plan new lessons. I also want time to collaborate with my peers; both those in my building and/or district and those who are a part of the math twitter blogosphere. Then I need time to communicate with parents and the community about the things going on in my classroom. Sometimes this is email or a phone call, but this also might involve updating my website. The fifty minutes of prep time I get in no way allows for those things.
I want to be clear: I am not upset with my school. The amount of prep time I get is standard across the US. We have unions across the nation that advocate for higher teacher pay, but do they advocate for more planning and prep time?
That is is what I think we should push for, so that we can lead balanced lives and find passion outside of the classroom. Yes, I realize that overall this would cost more money, but this is how I would invest the money if it were up to me.