China of course came in at number one and the US at number nine. Which didn't surprise me, actually I thought the US's score might be lower than that.Debate about how to keep up with countries that perform best on international tests has been percolating for years in the United States. Now there’s a new comparison to consider – one that ranks 21 countries on the status of teachers, a factor that experts say can influence the effectiveness of education.
Teacher status around the world: how the US stacks up - CSMonitor.com
Seems some of the best performing countries look at their teachers on the same level as a social worker while the US looks at them on the same level as a librarian. China sees their teacher's more on the same level as a doctor. I don't know about that unless they are holding a Phd or two. Personally I think the social worker status fits better for a teacher because besides teaching you are usually dealing with their problems too.
One thing I think we should start emulating that other countries do is hiring people from the top one third of their class and pay them more. Some of our teachers barely qualify and if they are marginal, I bet their teaching ability is also marginal. I had a few of those when I was in school, people that really shouldn't of been teachers to begin with.
How do you see teachers in your country? Doctors, social workers or librarians? What do you think about the quality of teachers you've had?