[quote=“derek1978”]The lowly profession of teaching English in Taiwan, is it really looked upon as being lowly? Many Taiwanese I have talked to have the same conclusion. Set aside for the moment the fact that many and most English teachers on this little rock make 2 to 3 times the average salary of a University graduate here in Taiwan. I’m just talking about the status symbol. Apparently, many Taiwanese view foreign English teachers as people who could not cut it in their own country. A professional flounder, a drop out form that great rat race for fortune and glory, and as such isn’t really qualified to be considered a professional at all.
My GF doesn’t mind at all, given the salary potential (I already make 2 times what she makes and work fewer hours than her). But she did confirm what I was told by others. We come and educate their children, they pay us loads to do it, and yet we are looked upon as being people who couldn’t make the grade back home.
Do you honestly think that the average Taiwanese thinks of the foreign English teacher this way?[/quote]
I find it absolutely incredible that people could hold this point of view YET they hire people who “couldn’t make the grade back home”; YET they put their kids in class and pay thousands each month for tuition by those who “couldn’t make the grade back home”.
My point of view: If the locals are so fucking good, why do they need foreign English teachers who “could’t make the grade back home”? Are they stupid or what? Who, in their right minds, would hire people who “couldn’t make the grade back home”?
I’m not a teacher, but I’ll tell you what: The same bitching and moaning is going on in the Science Park here in Hsinchu. Some foreign engineers are paid in the region of NT$250,000 per month + a NT$50,000 housing subsidy to take care of things that all the brilliant, highly qualified, local engineers can’t do or are either too lazy or too stupid to do.
And you know what? Looking at the idiocity in the Science Park by Phd-flaunting local engineers I SHALL HAVE A JOB FOR LIFE and so I guess will ALL THE ENGLISH teachers.
Wasn’t is Confucious who said “If a man is hungry, don’t give him a fish; instead, teach him how to fish”? I’m just wondering what happened to this bit of wisdom?
It looks like we will have to give them fish for a very long time because they simply can’t be taught how to fish.
If the complaints and concers are indeed true, then why don’t the local employers take a serious look at their recruitment process and who they hire? Or, is it perhaps a case of them hiring those “who couldn’t make it back home” because they are cheaper? Penny wise… pound foolish? Sounds about right to me!