Schools. They bring out fresh faced grads to teach in their schools, throw them in the deep end and it’s sink or swim. I’ve just been through eight weeks of the most intensive training that I’ve ever had in my life and realised that I’d never have gotten anything close to that in Taiwan. I, as a Manager, never provided that kind of training either. Sure, eight weeks may be overkill, but I really don’t believe that enough time is given to training foreign staff in Taiwan. Yeah, a lot of lip service is given to it and some schools have programs in place, but there is a lot lacking as far as training goes.
I was just reading a thread about a guy “derek” that just got a job and then had to ask on Forumosa what he should do. Man, that is a HUGE problem here and just isn’t good enough. Teachers should never be in a position where they don’t have a clue about what to do and can’t get the help that they need at the school where they work. Heck, I could never get the resources that I needed when I started out and battled to get training for my staff when I was a manager. It’s crazy. It makes for poor quality.
I am in the mood to give the schools that I was working with a good, long distance, telling off. Time outside Taiwan has shown up some of the stupidity that I just saw as normal for many years.