When ISR asked International Educators what they would do if given the opportunity to break their current Contract, consequence-free, our projected figure for contract breakers was somewhere in the range of 10%, maximum. However, 46% of 683 Survey respondents said they would be on the next flight out. Wow! That’s not what we expected!
Certainly, no school is perfect and we all have to accept a certain amount of dissatisfaction to make things work. However, a desire to bail on their current school by such a high number of those surveyed is extremely alarming, but does make it abundantly clear that negative School Reviews are written by far more than just a few “disgruntled teachers,” — a derogatory term some admin use in an attempt to belittle authors of negative Reviews.
Frequent deal breakers mentioned by so-called “disgruntled teachers” include:
• Overbearing, micro-managing admin who bow to parents’ demands
• Unqualified colleagues (admin favorites) in positions of authority
• Parents that expect top grades & admin makes sure they get them
• Students with strong sense of entitlement & lack of discipline/motivation
• Admin offers little to no support. Kids running the show
• Procedures reek of an overall distrust of the teaching staff
• Low pay, poor housing, demanding hours, worthless benefits package
ISR Asks: How is it that so many teachers have ended up at unbearably lousy schools when the Reviews of such schools clearly spell out major problems ahead? ISR concludes it may be because uninitiated educators buy into the “disgruntled teacher” propaganda, ignoring the words of their colleagues already teaching in these schools. Coming from the West, teachers new to International Education may find some School Reviews simply hard to fathom.
Don’t allow yourself to become a statistic. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH & then RESEARCH SOME MORE! There are plenty of good schools out there, as evidenced by the fact that over 50% of our Survey respondents plan to complete their Contracts and maybe even renew. Our goal at ISR is to help YOU to find a school that’s right for YOU.
International Educators Keeping Each Other Informed
is what International Schools Review is All About!
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