What we in the West have come to accept as a simple body adornment may well create the wrong impression on the first day at an International School in a foreign land. Over the years ISR has visited the topic of tattoos. We revisit the topic here with the addition of the ever more popular body piercings.
Cultural norms die hard. Ingrained perceptions of the types of people who wear tattoos & body piercings don’t change in an instant. Adornments in some societies can & will be interpreted as the mark of an unsavory class, not the type of person parents want exposed to their kids. In other societies, piercings & tattoos may be perfectly acceptable.
As an adorned educator, making a poor first impression is the last thing any of us need. Depending on where in the world you’re teaching, it could be wise to first earn the respect of students/parents & later reveal your “artistic side.” This approach should go further to assuring acceptance than simply strutting your stuff on day one & thinking you’ll transcend cultural norms because you’re “the educator from the West.” This approach has worked for more than one educator.
ISR asks: What’s the current level of acceptance of tattoos & piercings in the International School arena? If you’re an educator with body adornments, How did YOU approach revealing them to parents & students, if at all?
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