Pay teachers significantly more and expect significantly more from them (us).
Q - How much more should they (we) be paid?
A- 150% of current pay.
Q - What more should be expected?
A - Heaps more professional development - to be undertaken outside of school time.
Q - What would the PD be?
A - Hm. Example. Primary Classroom. Teachers choose a stream that interests them - Maths, English, Science, History, Literacy, Disability, Learning difficulties, Music, Art... whatever, and become experts in their field. They need to re-enrol in an arts/science degree and each year take general subjects (not education subjects) to increase their own knowledge/understanding base. Eg. A teacher might enrol in a Calculus or biology or art history subject. A music teacher might study Baroque music or learn clarinet. A teacher interested in English might study contemporary Australian poets or do a creative writing class. A learning disability person would do some cognitive development psych. They have to do this study like any other student, with assessment etc.
They'd do one general subject per year and another education specific subject, where they are encouraged [forced] to creatively engage researching best practice for teaching that subject.
They'd need to go to conferences and present papers and listen to others.
What do you think? Would it make a difference?