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: