In this study, Professor Easton points out that although
Canadians spend tens of billions of dollars for education,
there is little to ensure that good teaching is rewarded and
bad teaching is penalized. Higher costs are built into the
current public teacher salary bill as an aging work-force is
paid almost exclusively on the basis of the teacher's education
and experience. As a result, the educational consumer and
tax-payer face rising per student costs with no corresponding
assurance of rising educational quality.
The result of dissatisfaction with the public school system
is to give additional impetus to the movement away from
state-produced educational barriers. More flexible voucher and
subsidy arrangements provide methods by which parents have
greater choice in education, and offer the possibility that the
cost to the taxpayer could also be reduced.