Canada, along with Finland, has one of the best education systems in the world. Like many countries, they take a more student- oriented approach and have a systematic plan in place to make sure they attract the best of the best teachers. It’s no secret that the U.S. educational system needs to be tweaked and maybe looking to Canada’s model may provide clues. Here are a few facts to consider:
More Educated Immigrants and Citizens
According to statistics, nearly half of Canadian immigrants have either a college or university degree, compared to less than 40 percent of immigrants in the U.S. That’s thanks in part to the system that accommodates low-achieving students by offering them sub-baccalaureate options that are not considered second-rate or inferior. They also make college and university affordable; in some cases, getting a two-year degree is free.
Teaching is Taken More Seriously
At the primary and secondary level, a teaching assistant can be a great career path but in the U.S., a teaching assistant can be anyone and doesn’t have to have any special education requirement. In Canada, the bar is set high for anyone entrusted to teach the youth of the country, including teaching assistants. who earn an average of $27,000 to $45,000 per year.
Their roles are to make sure that students understand what’s going on and don’t fall behind. In many cases, being a professor seems to be a stable, well-paid and fairly relaxed job but it’s taken much more seriously in Canada than in the U.S. Teachers at all levels are revered and only the best are kept in the field. There is no room for substandard teachers or professors in the Canadian education system.
Communication and Training
The school system prides itself on keeping the lines of communication open with all parties involved including various government entities and unions so that teachers are paid well and that working conditions are good. Both countries agree on that objective but where they differ is in implementation. The teaching profession seeks to attract only top candidates because everyone involved has one goal and that’s to make sure that the students get the education they need.
To that end, all teachers are required to undergo rigorous continued professional development and special effort is made to retain good teachers. So while the question may be whether teaching in Canada is right for you, the real question is, are you qualified enough to be a teacher in Canada?