[quote=“Okami”]Just because the teachers dip when they teach doesn’t make them bad teachers.
I don’t necessarily thing they are bad teachers as much as they are working with a bad system.
One example is that my little 3-year-old bully pulled a girls hair in class so they called me at work and told me that I had to take her home for the day. I was really mad until I saw the handful full of hair she pulled out. I apologized profusely and had a long but rather ineffective talk with my daughter about pulling hair. The next day she did it again and once again, I had to go pick her up from school. The third time it happened I asked the teacher if she tried to stop her and she told me that they only have 2 teachers for 18 children and are unable to give them individual attention. I explained that she has a pattern of pulling hair but she does not do it when I am around because when I see her going for the hair I stop her. They said they were too busy and do not have time to care for the students as individuals but rather as a class.
So let’s do the math.
18 students at $1100= $19800 a month
Co teacher @ $10.00 an hour =$1600 a month (they might have had 2 co teachers)
Primary Teacher @ 13.00 an hour=$2080 a month
That leaves a lot of money left over for someone to give a little individual attention where needed.
Eventually I pulled her out and put her in a school close to my work. It was an inner city school run by a church. The teachers were great and the kids were a lot tougher than the little Ms. Britney Spears rich girls in the previous school. The only problem there was an issue of safety. There didn’t seem to be any access controls and the church had a drug rehab counseling center on the same floor. There was only one younger guy in the morning to watch all the kids until the teachers came in and he would pile the kids in his office and make them sit on the sofa until enough kids came in to go to the class. My daughter refused to go into the office with him so I took her home. (I used to wait until another teacher came before I left and that made me late for work half the time.)
The school she is in now is pretty good but they have no academic program. I’m sure there are good schools out there but I would rather have just about any foreign teacher I ever worked with in Taiwan teach my kids in Taiwan than most of the teachers she has now.