Best Countries to be a Teacher

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Written by Keren Mikva
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The U.S. is notorious for its treatment of teachers, as evidenced by low wages, poor benefits and the number of teachers’ union strikes that keep students out of school for weeks on end. It’s refreshing to look at other countries’ education systems that do a better job of rewarding those who take on the task of molding young minds. Across the globe, governments have created programs to ensure teachers are prepared to take on the immense work that goes with the job, and offer more incentives to draw qualified and talented candidates. If you’re pursuing a teaching degree, it might not be a bad idea to throw in a Japanese class or two.

*Note: Denmark was originally on this list, but they were in the middle of a lock-out in April, and it didn’t seem quite right to include them. But they usually are a lot cooler than that.