Most cultures revere teachers, especially International educators who come from far off lands to teach their children. But there are places in the world where the uneducated, wealthy class of the society see teachers as nothing more than another form of servant for their children.
The following comments from a recent ISR Review illustrate this mentality (Members can log in to read the full Review with school name):
“To be fair to the school, they do have an awful clientele. The students, from the wealthiest families in the country, are abysmally spoiled, and parents trot to school to complain about every nit-picking thing, and are bowed and scraped to by administration.
The parents have a shopping mentality about education – I bought it, paid for it, and expect all A’s. I must hear nothing of any discipline problems concerning my child, who is deserving only of special consideration, regardless of what he/she did – OR didn’t do. Multiply that by 400 kids and 800 parents and you have a nightmare!
The school is NOT a college prep school as touted, but a baby-sitting service where discipline is non-existent. Teachers are routinely blamed for poor test scores, or poor report card grades, and parents cause teachers so much trouble and grief because their lazy children won’t study, apply themselves or learn, that many teachers just hand out A’s like candy.”
Consider that many students from such schools grow up to take over the family’s multimillion dollar business, or go on to become political leaders in their own country. Who suffers? Ultimately, their country, as does their families and indirectly, or directly, other businesses and countries who must interact with these future “leaders.” In effect, ‘Country-Club style’ schools are abusing students, teachers and the world.
As long as there are entrepreneurs willing to sell an inferior educational product for which there is apparently a demand, such schools will continue to exist. For educators, who unsuspectingly find themselves in such schools, you can choose to run for the hills as many have done, or submit to the lunacy and chaos, and exist in survival mode alone.
The third option, perhaps the most noble expression of our profession, lies in the opportunity to turn a lemon of a school experience into lemonade, which can be done by focusing on saving at least one student from the distorted version of entitlement and reality that has been spoon-fed to them by both their school and parents. While it won’t be easy to shrug off everything around you in pursuit of your goal, it could be just the influence a future world leader needs. Indeed, you could influence our planet.
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