International Schools Review provides a venue for International educators to share information about International schools and administration. Recently, ISR caught wind of the possibility that a site specifically to evaluate International educators may be in the making. We cannot concretely verify the information but the future possibility seems to be very real.
Teachers in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, and Wales are already evaluated on RateMyTeacher and RateMyProfessor, two popular teacher-rating sites already on the internet. Imagine a web site titled RateMyInternationalTeacher where students, parents and administrators would be provided an opportunity to share their impressions of YOU.
Specific problems we foresee with such a web site include the broad cultural divide. For example: International educators essentially immerse themselves in academic and social cultures far different from their own. Parent and student expectations in these cultures may be quite different from the expectations placed on a teacher back in their home country. Thus, a host-nation parent’s review of an American teacher in Oman (for example) may be based on criteria the International teacher doesn’t aspire to meet. Being evaluated on a set of criteria that exists outside one’s own culture seems detrimental to an educator’s career.
What’s YOUR perspective on the advent of web sites designed to solicit reviews and rating of International educators?