School teachers in China have the highest public status among all profession including doctors and social workers, that’s according to Varkey Foundation, a global education charity foundation’s study. China tops the ranking – with 81 percent believing that pupils respect their teachers, compared with an international average of 36 percent, in a survey of 35,000 people.
But their colleagues in Brazil, Israel, Italy, Ghana, and Argentina are at the other end of this “teacher status index.”
The survey also revealed that “high teacher status” is not just a nice to have; it is also likely, all things being equal, to lead to “higher student outcomes” in that country.
Crucially, the report reveals that teacher status is rising globally.
Students in these countries are also top performers in international tests, and the researchers suggest that a well-regarded teaching profession, which can attract talented staff, seems to go hand-in-hand with high standards.
The global survey also reveals that the British public thinks that the country’s teachers are underpaid and the number of people who want their children to enter the profession is falling.
Countries where teaching is held in the highest public esteem:
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Czech Republic