International Schools teach diversity but are minority teachers well-accepted in the International teaching arena? Do non-Caucasians find it more difficult to enter the profession? Are minority teachers treated differently by parents and students? It has been reported that some schools are just looking for a “white” face to sell the image of an American education. The following excerpts are from ISR readers:
“I am an African-American female interested in teaching abroad. I am also in an interracial marriage to a non-teaching spouse who will be coming with me. We are hoping administrators can look beyond my race and focus on my credentials.”
“I have experience in China & Japan–many people in these countries are terribly racist. I have a mixed-race child and people haven’t always been kind to her.”
“Here in Kuwait people literally point at you when you are overweight, black or in any way look different from them.”
“As a Mexican-American I felt I was overlooked for the position, and not because of my qualifications.”
We invite International Teachers to shed light on this topic, share experiences, ask questions and offer advice.