…Emily Dobson, ISR member, counselor and educator, has undertaken the admirable task of contacting recruiters and organizations profiting from International Education. In support of International Teachers, she’s asking recruiters to adopt and endorse the International Educators’ Bill of Rights.
In Emily’s own words: “We need massive changes in the international educational arena, starting with non-negotiables between hiring agencies, accrediting bodies, schools and employees.”
Here’s one recruiter’s responses to Emily’s request:
We’d be very happy to talk to you about choosing a new school to work for, a daunting prospect. It’s imperative that what is told to you or promised by a school, is fulfilled.
We weren’t aware of the Bill of Rights – but having looked at it, the content is in the majority exactly as we would expect (and ask of) any school attending our events. I’m afraid, though, that the online forum [International Schools Review] who put this together aren’t a respected entity in the sector or authorized body, so we wouldn’t publicly endorse this…
International Schools Review has, since 2003, provided a venue for International Educators to anonymously and honestly review their experiences at International Schools. When a recruiter fails to consider ISR a “respected source,” we can only conclude they do not respect the voices of their very clients. Refusing to commit to a document, the International Educators’ Bill of Rights. that specifically outlines the rights and protections that should be afforded all International Educators, speaks volumes.
Schools that withhold salaries, switch contract terms, substitute poor housing for promised housing, fail to reimburse travel/shipping allowances, renege on health insurance, dishonestly represent their student body or facilities, and/or engage in other dishonest practices are simply not acceptable schools to work for. Such schools do not adhere to the International Educators’ Bill of Rights.
ISR asks: Will you help support Quality and Accountability in International Education? Please go to Change.Org to sign Emily’s petition and help advance the standing of the International Educators’ Bill of Rights.
About Emily Dobson: “I was a school counselor and educator for years – now I am a cooperative counselor (business owner) and delegate Board member for InterACAC and NACAC. Contextually, my daughter, my experience as an educator, my visits to 40+ schools in Brazil per year and my role as a delegate-counselor with international duties enabled me to understand that we need massive changes in the international educational arena – starting with non-negotiables between hiring agencies, accrediting bodies, schools and employees.”
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