Dear ISR, I’ve noticed that School Reviews from all corners of the globe occasionally include descriptions of Admins who get away with quirky practices that would easily be considered taboo, even illegal, in their countries of record.
…Having been on the International School circuit for a while I am able to put admin faces to many of the stories I read in the school Reviews, despite never having been to the particular school being reviewed.
…We have an athletics director at my current school, bizarrely a member of the SMT, who makes personal, directed attacks on teachers. He spies on them through the security cameras and reports them to the director for anything and everything he perceives to be out of the ordinary, all the while hiding behind the mantra of, “I’m doing it for the good of the school.”
…Truth be known, our athletic director has a problem that requires treatment! The director, however, listens to this bully and allows him free rein, turning a blind eye to his open criticism of school staff on social media. At best this makes the director weak; at worst, complicit.
…As teachers, we are on short-term contracts, in countries where we have no safety net and we often have our own children in the school. This makes us vulnerable. That such people can “hide out” and flourish in International Schools is unacceptable.
…ISR School Reviews relate all sorts of strange things going on at various schools that would be deemed unacceptable/illegal in our homes of record. Is there a way, beyond writing Reviews, to make sure these people are exposed and their activities curbed?
Many thanks for you attention to this matter,
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