It Is Important to Listen to Teachers
The TALIS survey covers more than thirty countries (Malaysia and Singapore are included).
With regard to teachers, it appears that the majority is female and the average age is around 40 (which means most teachers have 15 years of experience). From the UNESCO data, teachers of secondary schools in the Philippines are no different. One big difference, however, lies in the number of pupils per teacher. While TALIS has an average of 24 pupils per teacher, the number for the Philippines is much higher, 35. The data for principals are equally interesting. It is clear that the United States differs from other countries with regard to a large number of principals (93%) not having teaching obligations.
The training a high school teacher receives is also worth a look:
A high school teacher in the Philippines spends about 22.5 hours per week on classroom instruction, which is less than those of US teachers (27), but more than the hours spent on average across the TALIS countries (19). Now, the above are just background information. TALIS actually asks questions that go to the heart of a teacher's impression of the profession. The following are sample questions:
Based on the responses of US teachers, about 90% are actually satisfied with their job. A similar percentage also believes that they are capable. However, when asked whether they are feel valued, only 34 percent think so. These are of course questions that likewise need to be asked of teachers in the Philippines....