It appears that in an effort to attract teaching candidates, at least one International School has opted to demand Reviews from their teaching staff. Over these past weeks of recruiting season, ISR has received 3 emails from teachers reporting they were denied Letters of Reference until they posted a glowingly positive Review of their school and locale. With a little detective work you can spot such an extorted Review. Here’s how:
Let’s say the first 16 Reviews paint a picture of low pay, micro-management, despicable housing, unruly students, lack of supplies (as in, one photo copier for the entire school), non-existent professional development, no admin support, and a slow-as-molasses Internet connection. In stark contrast, Reviews 17-19 portray the School as the best thing that could ever happened to your teaching career and advises you to jump at the chance to teach there!! These last few Reviews would certainly be suspect to such extortion, wouldn’t you agree?
Likewise, when a known hot-spot danger zone is reviewed as a lovely city w/ plenty to do, or I always feel safe here (when just last month there were kidnappings of Westerners) and yet the evaluation rubric displays a 9/10 for Security, it should make you wonder if the poster never leaves the school compound or if their Letter of Reference is being held hostage by an unscrupulous school.
Exercising common sense and due diligence go a long way when reading Reviews on ISR. We choose to believe the majority of International Schools are forthright educational institutions with the best interests of students, parents and teachers in mind. But keep in mind, it’s those few landmines out there, both schools and locales, that you surely want to avoid. If a school suddenly sounds too good to be true, proceed with caution!
Comments – Please Scroll to Post