Mod’s Note This was originally split from the “[url=http://tw.forumosa.com/t/foreign-teachers-reputation-in-taiwan/48953/1 teachers’ reputation in Taiwan[/url]” thread
[quote=“Tomas”]Many of my friends teach English full time. These are honorable, hard-working, successful people. Why don’t you tell us about your friends, let us blindly insult them at every turn, and then see how you like it?
That already happens, doesn’t it? Many of my friends are Republicans and Taiwanese. These are honorable, hard working, successful people that are often blindly insulted on the Living in Taiwan and International Politics Forum from mods and posters alike.
Considering the number of backpackers and vagabonds in Asia (many of whom are some of the most fascinating and friendly people I’ve ever met), I don’t think it is too uncouth for us to laugh at some of the extraordinary news stories and interesting situations that some overseas people get into in unregulated occupations.
Some of the professions that are regulated in most of the developed world aren’t in certain countries in Asia and there can be definite lapses in professionalism when unregulated people enter a trade or profession that they aren’t trained to be in. Would you want a mechanic treating your teeth? Would you want a bartender being your architect? Doesn’t mean that there aren’t great people involved in these unregulated professions in Asia. However, I think many people would like to see the standards and screening process raised.
I think teachers should have teaching credentials to be teachers in the school system in Taiwan. Advanced degrees to become university teachers. ESL certifications to teach at any buxiban. Early Childhood development certification to work in kindy/preschool. If foreigners are hired for these positions, demand the equivalent from the Western world for them to do it in Taiwan.
Anyone else should be given a time period to become certified or be informed that they can’t work in the professions any more. Of course, many business would scream and kick as they might have to pay higher wages to the fewer qualified people available. In the end though, I think the quality would increase.
In my opinion, this stance makes me pro-teacher believe it or not and in favour of more government intervention in Taiwan.