bismarck: The level of irrationality in this industry drives me to despair at times. It's not just the Taiwanese either. The majority of foreigners are either going along with it, or even really believe in all the nonsense too. There's just such an abject lack of critical thinking, even when it's possible to engage in that. Yet, such people seem to be much happier in the profession than I am. Does it really come down to being a satisfied moron? I was thinking about this yesterday. The person hosting the workshop was described as "a passionate teacher". I think I am passionate too, but more in the old, Latin origin of the word passion, to suffer.
I think that the entire industry is full of hocus pocus and pseudo-science. It's all based upon what people "feel" is right or "feel" is successful. I sometimes wonder if I started teaching English based upon the principles of phrenology, if anyone would figure out I was taking the piss.
Me: "Leo is very good at English because he has a huge lump on the side of his head."
Other English teacher: "No, that's a scar from a scooter accident when he wasn't wearing a helmet."
Me: "Well, intelligence obviously runs in that family, so that explains why he's so good at English."
Other English teacher: "That's interesting. You're obviously a very passionate teacher. Maybe you should run a workshop."
I have other irons in the fire. For me, the only way forward is out of the industry. Maybe other people, such as you, could carve out a niche, but I live in a very small place, so if only 2% (or even 5%) of people would be interested, it simply wouldn't be enough.
By the way, did you get that email from me last week?