TORONTO -- Canadian education systems should reward teachers for getting good results out of their students, a new Fraser Institute report recommends.
Obtaining Better Teachers for Canadian Public Schools, released Monday, states that the proposal would be superior to the current practice of basing teachers' salaries on work experience and post-secondary credentials.
Written by Rodney A. Clifton, the report relied on a review of existing research to determine the best teachers can effectively get through 18 months worth of school work in one academic year and can go a long way to offset the negative effect of poverty on students.
Those good teachers deserve more than an apple.
School boards should offer higher salaries and the potential of merit pay to teachers who improve student achievement, Clifton said.
Strict entrance exams -- like those found in law, dentistry and medicine -- should be administered to would-be teachers to weed out weak candidates.