Today I heard something that really got my goat. I had been talking about the work I have been putting in to get my classroom just right for my students this week as we start a new unit when someone said, “Oh, you’re one of those teachers. You make us backpacker teachers look bad.” Then he went on to ask about a job at my school and how he could get a fake cert to work there.
It was all said in jest (hopefully), but I am a firm believer that those things said in jest have some elements of truth. It took a great deal of diplomacy to swallow my tongue and not say, “No, actually you make yourself look bad with that kind of attitude toward teaching and my school wouldn’t hire you even if your name was Maria Montessori and you held an MA in early childhood development.”
The lackadaisical, “the-teaching-industry-in-Taiwan-is-a-joke-so-I’ll-play-the-part-of-the-comedian-telling-it” attitude really, really pisses me off. I am sick and tired of lazy, no-good SOBs coming here and poisoning the classrooms of children with their horrible lack of interest in teaching, treating it as simply a better way of making money than staying at home and working at a blue-collar job. I’m sick and tired of people who cannot own up to the fact that they don’t have real teaching qualifications and therefore feel that they can write off having any culpability because of their lack of teaching skills and training. I am sick and tired of those people who treat teaching as simply the easiest means to stuff their pockets with cash. Why do people feel that teaching is just a job to fill the time between paydays? Why do these useless wastes feel that they deserve the title of “teacher” when they are simply the English-speaking trained monkey complaining about their station in life yet perpetuating it with their lack of motivation to become a better teacher?
I know there are plenty of people out there in Taiwan who are not like this and who have a genuine interest in not only teaching the students put in their charge, but also in improving their own teaching techniques and methods. What one lacks in training can easily be made up for in a desire and effort to improve, grow, and achieve as a teacher.
Does anyone else underline the difference between simply “teaching English” and being a real “English teacher”? Am I the only one fed up with these losers?