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Would you select morals or money?
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ecruiting teachers to teach internation-al is not the easiest job. I love the factthat I am a part of the job creation processbut the request that I get from school man-agement can put my ethical and moralbeliefs in a critical position.Additionally to the school manage-ment, I receive a lot of requests fromEducational Management companies fromChina. The private schools in China givecontracts to Educational Management com-panies to hire and pay the teachers.The Educational Management compa-nies contact me to assist in finding teachers.Below is a request I recently received froma company.Quote: ”Our teaching-in-China place-ments are all year round and I do hope youcan send me some good candidates on amonthly basis. I would like to reiterate thefollowing are our basic requirements:-Native English speakers; aged 20-55;Preferably a university degree holder;preferably a TEFL/TESOL certificate hold-er; preferably Caucasians- most schoolspsychopathically stick to this point at thisend.This is another request I received froma Skype message: Quote: “Teachers need toteach age from 3 to 12 years, have somegood way to control young children andhave some other is most our school needwhite native speaker, this is not racial dis-crimination, because some child will crywhen they face a black people, we have tosend them white teachers, in Beijing and insome good school few black teacher.”Add to their special request forCaucasian teachers, the salary that theyoffer is no more than $1300 per month. I amnot sure how many qualified Americanteachers that I will get to go to China on thatsalary even with selling the perks of freeaccommodation.I asked these Educational Managementcompanies if they would consider teachersfrom the Caribbean Islands. I was told theywould try and place Caribbean teachers in“low dosage.” So I ask you the readers foryour advice if you were in my shoe.Would you select morals or money?
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