Great teachers or old teachers?

by Scimson on January 26, 2014 - 5:17pm

We have all had different teachers, some we liked and others we didn’t. Currently, in Canada, teachers are remunerated according to their seniority that is their teaching experience and which diploma entitles them to do so, as Andy Radia mentions in his article “Teacher pay should be tied to performance, ability: study” published on January 25th 2014. The Canadian Council of Chief Executives published a report on the subject recently. The objective of this study was to observe the lack of incentive for teachers to improve themselves. An effective teacher is currently not rewarded for being good and an ineffective teacher is not penalized. The problem is that there is no way to ensure quality education in our school system. The challenge in this though is to determine how a teacher can be evaluated. It is obvious that students’ grades and achievements are not representative of a teacher’s performance since it depends on the students themselves in the first place. Student feedback, comprehensive evaluations and teaching skills are all amongst the suggested methods to determine the performance level of a teacher. The same report also has the idea to actually take actions toward those considered bad teachers and to push them either toward improvement or expulsion. Another report published by the Frasier Institute proposes to submit teachers to entrance evaluations into schools much like students are often required to take, but instead evaluating their teaching abilities. This study also reveals that the top quartile of teachers outperform the worst quartile by around 3 times that is they are able to teach 3 times more material in the same amount of time.

I believe a great teacher makes all the difference when it comes to true learning and education. Even though a student might not have an influence on the remuneration of his teachers, the quality of teaching can be improved by students. Providing feedback to teachers and most important of all being a better student, not in academic terms, but in learning and motivation terms can only help improve the teaching.

Here is a link to Andy Radia’s article:


I agree with this article, I believe there are teachers and professors who genuinely love teaching and want to help students grow, and then there are teachers and professors who couldn't care less. I think it is unfair for students who try their hardest and because their professor has chose not to extend their help the student suffers. I have had teachers tell the class that they are here for the benefits and long term pensions. I think it is a disgrace that we are taught by these people. I have also had teachers who I learned a great deal from and remember everything they have taught me, they have taught me what to expect in the real world and make me feel prepared. I think schools need to reevaluate their teachers and professors.

This article is interesting and also rewarding. I agree with this article and I also having a few suggestions. I also had my fair share of “bad teachers” on the high school level, but I was surprised and appalled that there are also bad teachers,” on the college level. I agree we do need to reform how teachers are evaluated, and the comprehensive performance evaluations seem like a great start.

Seemingly, but ironically, these intolerable acts mustard by the current system, has left too many sad and untold stories. If there were a financial incentive for teachers to improve their performance, how is one to know if the bad teacher is actually giving his or her student’s the education they deserve? In my opinion, the comprehensive performance evaluation can be positive for the effective teachers, and it could also be a road map to discharge the teachers on the lower end of the performing scale, at the same time, they could be replaced with new teachers.

I also agree with this article and how having a professor who cares about their students creates an environment that welcomes learning. Having the experience of all types of professors throughout my college career I feel that I have gotten more out of the courses that provide the help and motivation a student requires especially if they are struggling in a certain subject. In both colleges I attended they did make the students fill out an evaluation of our professors but do they even go anywhere? Does it even make a difference? I assume not because professors that have received bad reviews are still teaching. That's why I feel that it is important for students to supply other students with advice on professors so they can avoid taking unhelpful professors all together. Websites like provides feedback on professors so other students can be informed about the professor and their teaching techniques.

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