I must have been there after you. I agree with everything you say so I'll just expand on it from my experience...
They didn't pay my health insurance, and I'm skeptical whether they paid my taxes. When inquiring to the former I was constantly told 'the accountant is looking into it'. When I left I was informed they had no tax report to offer me, insisting it wasn't practice, even though I showed them the report from my previous employer.
It's common practice for them to give new initiatives to be taught in class each week, only for them to drop away. When asked for advice on how to implement new initiatives into a busy schedule, the response was always: I don't know, you are the teacher, no matter what you must find a way.
The curriculum is poorly implemented. Yes they follow an American style but there is never any time to revisit because there is so much.
They have a hawk-eye on everything! They do supply you with pens but when I included my own set in my teacher's bag, I returned next lesson to find them removed. Photocopying is also strictly monitored, and if you go over your limit of 50 sheets a month they may charge you. Very childish.
The kids rule the place. In one of my classes I had a group of kids who would constantly speak Chinese. We were told it was not allowed and must be addressed. One day two kids were talking constantly, as well as eating and throwing stuff around the class. I tried to separate them, they refused, and one girl replied 'fuck you'. Trying to avoid a silly argument I called on the director to help - there is no Taiwanese co-teacher - when she came into the class she got on her knees and repeatedly apologized to them! Another kid wrote 'suck my ass' in every answer to his test - I did laugh - but I was not allowed to mention it in the report.
The suck my ass kid complained to his mom that he couldn't find his Eagle bag, mom then came to the school to moan about it. Turned out the manager had rearranged all the names and places for the bags but neglected to tell anyone. Needless to say it was my fault for not understanding what was going on (I guess Taiwanese and British telepathy operate on different wave lengths). On that note, the same manager forgot to tell me about things on several occasions, then would send out passive aggressive emails - having copied all the Taiwanese staff and the directors into the email - reminding me to do things she had forgot to mention.
I eventually abandoned some of the OTT book work (we were told that if there was no time for games they were to be left out) and implemented as many games as possible. Kids seemed happier then.
They have no manners. Staff don't even knock on the door, they just storm into the classroom and start handing out juice and milk, or remove students to feed them. It's the same with observations, they walk in unannounced. However, I do understand that the other staff were working under the same conditions as me, and this is a reflection on ownership/management more than anything.
When I left they tried to implement a fine.
In my short time there eight other people left. Some teachers have been left without work for the summer.
The place is loco :loco: