I wonder whether we all would have been better served if teaching the young - or anyone, actually - had been regarded as a trade rather than a profession? It would never have happened, so perhaps it's not that fruitful to think about, but I will have a bit of a go.
Teachers who were tradesmen or tradeswomen, who worked out of a trade union that was more like a guild than a pressure group would know more about the craft of teaching. Those who were skilled at the craft would be viewed with respect. As it stands now, the people in education who get the respect are precisely those who have driven the field into being regarded as a profession. Too often, those are people of theory or administration who no longer have any craft duties to judge them on. No one actually knows whether they can wire a house or decide which type of joint is best for a drawer anymore - if they ever could.
People who go into teaching are usually those who were good at books, and so respected others who were good at books, and things that they knew. Going into college they just naturally fell into the idea that these college instructors were the people who really knew something. But the college instructors were often mostly good at writing long essays that pleased others of their kind. As it goes up, it narrows into an entirely academic discipline.
Yet if there is any craft to be learned about cramming knowledge into young brains, it is much more likely to be found at the front-line level. Something similar happens in the clergy, where the care of souls is not likely to be improved by studying the influence of Czech esotericists on early Calvinism. The prestige in the profession is just about exactly where we don't want it to be.
Ah well. It was never going to happen, so it may be best to consider in a sci-fi way what will occur in other worlds when we colonise them instead.