When I signed my contract I knew what I was getting into. I’d read all the reviews & most of it was not pretty. So, right then & there I made the conscious decision to go with the flow at the school in exchange for the long-desired opportunity to live in & explore Thailand.
It’s been said many times over that if/when you venture overseas expecting everything to be perfect (like some utopia), you let yourself in for an overwhelming let-down. Signing with an overseas school solely based on the words of a fast-talking recruiter can only lead to frustration, resentment & anger as you day-by-day come to realize you’ve been royally duped.
Recruiters/directors who misrepresent their schools do themselves & their newly hired teachers a great disservice. However, thanks to ISR School Reviews, learning & accepting what I was actually committing to put me in the right frame of mind. The majority of my colleagues came here expecting a top-notch educational institution as described by our admin, and not the compromised diploma mill described in the ISR Reviews. It escapes me why they’d take the words of admin tasked with recruiting teachers over that of the teachers who worked here themselves.
I’m loving Thailand & having the experience of a lifetime, while my colleagues still struggle trying to make reality conform to their preconceived ideas of what life at this school would be like. I neither support nor outwardly buck the admin. I knew the score when I signed up: spoiled kids, entitled parents, grade-fixing, lack of effective discipline &/or procedures. Nothing came as surprise for me. It was all right there in the school reviews: “This school sucks! But…Thailand is incredible!”
Am I a sell out? My answer is a NO! My method of effecting change is to be the change I want to see. I model the person who I’d like my students to become. I give them the grades they deserve & impose discipline as needed. If the admin overrides my authority, so be it. I march on but not without gently telling the student in question that it does not work this way in Western high schools or universities. I can see in their eyes that I’m hitting home — I’m planting a seed, helping them acknowledge reality.
I hope sharing my experience will help conflicted teachers at lousy schools to take full advantage of the great opportunity they have been afforded & not squander it swimming upstream against an administration with no interest in changing.
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