…Are school web sites honest personifications of the International Schools they represent? As a recruiting candidate, should you blindly believe what you see and read? More than a handful of educators have discovered that school web sites can be nothing more than carefully crafted propaganda whose sole purpose is to disguise the truth and lure in the unsuspecting. With more and more get-rich entrepreneurs jumping into the International School “business,” it’s obvious there’s no limit to what some school owners will do to lure teachers and students to their “schools.”
What You See May NOT Be What You Get!
Here’s some examples on ISR of how intentionally deceptive school web sites have tricked teachers into accepting a position at schools from which they would otherwise RUN:
…In her Review, a teacher reveals that her school’s ultra-professional looking web site is hosting a bird’s-eye, panoramic view of what they want you to believe is their campus. However, in reality, the school only rents a floor in one of the many building at an impressive university campus. All grade levels are crammed onto this one floor. She reports that it’s complete chaos.
…A Physical Education teacher whose passion is teaching swimming, water polo, etc., discovered upon arrival at his school that what he saw as an Olympic-size swimming pool was nothing more than blue paint on the ground. It was later explained to him that this “web rendering” is the proposed site and size of a future installation. The school was “sorry” he misunderstood.
…A high school English Literature teacher, desiring a truly international teaching experience, tells us she was tricked into accepting a positon at a local school where most of the kids spoke/read/ wrote poor, if any, English at all. To create an international school image, she says the school used the children of the international teaching staff as models on their web site and furthered the deception by stating their students hold passports from 32 countries around the world. The teacher explains in her Review that the reality is the majority of these 32 countries are represented by local kids with dual citizenship, who have never been outside the country in which the school is located. This English Literature teacher broke contract soon after arrival.
..These examples and more Reviews on ISR illustrate how International Schools may stoop to deceptive digital practices to lure in unsuspecting educators. These reviews are sent to ISR by teachers tricked into circumstances they would otherwise avoid and serve as a heads-up warning. International Schools Review strongly suggests you do not allow yourself to be tricked by a school’s slick digital presentation. Use ALL sources available to you to verify that “what you see and read is what you get.”
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