There’s a new report out today called the Global Teacher Status Index and it’s from the folks at Varkey Gems Foundation. They’ve asked more than 330,000 questions in 21 different countries in an attempt to figure out just about everything teachers want to know. The first big question they’ve answered is about which countries respect teachers the most.
You might be surprised that a country like Finland, known to have a high-quality education system, is not at the top of the heap. In fact, they’re nowhere near the top.
The study is being released today and is available in full here. Before you scroll down to the summary infographic below, here’s a bit more about the study and how they came up with the information below:
While there is no clear correlation between the status accorded to teachers through their Index score and student outcomes in their country, there are however significant variations between different countries due to a number of potential differences in perception and culture. Previous work has pointed to correlations between teacher pay and pupil outcomes, so this area merits serious investigation.
The study found that the average respect ranking for a teacher across the 21 countries was 7th out of 14 professions, indicative of a mid-way respect ranking for the profession. There is no international consensus on what constitutes a comparative profession for teaching, but two-thirds of countries judged the social status of teachers to be most similar to social workers. The second closest status association was to librarians (as ranked by US, Brazil, France and Turkey).
There are significant contrasts between countries over the extent to which they would encourage younger generations to become teachers. While 50% of parents in China provide positive encouragement, only 8% do so in Israel. Parents in China and South Korea, and in Turkey and Egypt are most likely to give encouragement to children to become teachers.
Similarly, these countries show a higher level of belief that pupils respect their teachers. Conversely in most of the European countries surveyed, more respondents thought that pupils disrespect teachers than respect them.