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Thailand Teaching - tell us why you think it's a positive experience

Discussion in 'Staffroom' started by bahn_farang, 23 Dec 2016.

  1. bahn_farang

    bahn_farang Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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    It's not a stinking smog pit
    I don't subject my children to an elitist ghetto of an 'international school'
    My family is close to its roots
     
  2. stfranalum

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    would you believe that there is also a snottiness to the old "we're just folks" line?
     
  3. bahn_farang

    bahn_farang Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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    respectfully, please explain
     
  4. IntEdSource

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    I saw you mention something similar in another thread as well. I've worked in international schools since moving to Thailand in 2008 and have also met plenty of students from government and private schools. In both cases, I encountered some polite students and some rude ones, and some thoughtful students and some indifferent ones. The same applied to their parents, regardless of how much or how little money they had.

    I'm currently in one of the larger international schools, and by far it is the most down-to-earth community I've been a part of as an educator, and certainly the most caring. It's very rare that I deal with rudeness or condescension, and in the rare cases it happened, it was more often than not teachers raising a fuss. The parents are far more involved with their children's education than what I've experienced at other schools (in a positive way rather than "dragon" parenting), and the students themselves are on average very aware of issues such as inequity and passionate about trying to make a difference to address them. Many parents, students and staff are very active in a wide range of causes, and they spend plenty of their own time and resources in trying to make a difference in the lives of others.

    When I contrast this environment to my own experiences as a student in a public US school and an ESL teacher in Korea, it blows them away in most respects. We all have different experiences, and simply labeling international schools as elitist is just as bad as the tendency to label those in poverty as lazy. There certainly may be some that are like that, but there are plenty that are not.
     
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    sirchai Well-Known Member

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    Thailand Teaching - tell us why you think it's a positive experience

    Once you've left the idiots where they constantly criticize each other for no understandable reasons, the specialists who know after three months much more than the guys with 15+ years of experience is a totally relaxed point of view,

    You can read fantastic stuff, always up to date, no gossip and the members do not seem to be too much "Farcebooked".


    Only a few satang from me today.



     
  6. stfranalum

    stfranalum Well-Known Member

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    the classic, "rich schools are X" -usually labeled as snobbish and uppity etc....versus the "im a down to earth guy and xyz..."

    summed up best in the post just under yours...

     
  7. Internationalteacher

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    Definitely agree. I'd say I'm at a lower tier international school and I believe it gives a great education..It doesn't mean it is elitist or snobbish. I don't get paid high compared to some other int. schools and I'd say I'm not really in it for the money, but for the experience. In fact, I left a higher paying job in Korea to come here just for the experience. So.. BF not all people or schools that are international are elite/snobbish, although I've seen that as well.
     
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    i'm both elitist and snobbish.
     

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