We’ve noticed comments on our ISR Blog & Forum venues which profess that it’s a “good thing” when a school has no Reviews on ISR, and that this probably means it’s an Okay school. ISR will agree that dissatisfied teachers are probably more likely to post Reviews; but there is, however, an aspect to the “lack of Reviews” that deserves some serious attention:
Anonymous Blog poster: I disagree with this comment that ‘If there are no reviews, it usually means the school is OK.’ A previous school I worked at didn’t have reviews because the admin were SO powerful, teachers were scared to post their views. We would all talk about the lack of ISR reviews and about how we should have the guts to do something to let prospective teachers know the truth. A whole bunch of us have left that school and a few have finally written truthful accounts, and they’re interspersed with reviews obviously written by the administrators themselves. So yes, they write on ISR, too, to counter the negative reviews. Take it all with a grain of salt and know that every piece of information you receive helps you to make an informed decision.
Traveling Teacher: I have to say, I do get frustrated when I read one glowing review and then immediately thereafter, one that is completely awful. Also, some of the reviews are older, so I always wonder if the school got better and is that is why teachers stopped reviewing? Or did too many bad reviews cause the school to threaten their employees to not review anymore because they would be found out and fired? Who knows?? It’s strange to me, though, when they just stop….
Anonymous Blog poster #2: At the school where I am currently working teachers don’t post because the administrators have a lot of control and power over us. ISR is an amazing resource for international teachers. Just use caution when reading the reviews and try to read between the lines. If there are no postings, do NOT make any assumptions!
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