Better pay leads to better teachers Lawrence Ingvarson June 18, 2012 This article by Dr Lawrence Ingvarson, principal research fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research, argues that industrial negotiations over teacher pay are paying little attention to research on what really matters — ensuring a high-quality teaching profession capable of attracting its share of the ablest graduates and recognising teachers who reach high standards. He uses countries such as Finland and South Korea as an example. For example, whereas Finland selects all of its future teachers from the top 25 per cent of the student cohort in terms of academic achievement, in Australia less than 50 per cent of offers are made to students from the top 30 per cent of the year 12 cohort. Further, teaching is rated Finland's "most respected" profession, and primary school teaching its most sought-after career. Some point out that pay is not the reason, as teacher salaries are similar to those in other European countries. However, on delving deeper, the important point about Finland is that teacher salaries are comparable to other professions therefore teaching is able to compete with other professions for the most able graduates. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/better-pay-leads-to-better-teachers-20120615-20f74.html#ixzz1y6UNR0gL What do you think about the arguments that Lawrence Ingvarson makes? Do you agree?