In Canada, we are focusing on the wrong aspects of our education. The urgency should be improving the quality of our teachers. A teacher who is under-trained, under-educated, under-respected, and under-supported will not be able to achieve success no matter how small the class size. It doesn’t matter whether we use inquiry-based learning or rote learning, because highly effective teachers can take any learning model and make it a success.
A high-quality education’s effectiveness is determined by the quality of its teachers – teacher education, skills and training. Teachers in Finland, China, and Singapore are highly trained, highly supported and highly respected. Education is greatly valued in these countries and teachers are regarded as having a high status. Becoming a teacher is competitive as only a small percentage of the top applicants are selected.