Discussion » Nonsense » Repost: 4 Types of Foreign Teachers in China

  • Lao Lee
    Lao Lee wrote:
    <p>In the six years that I have been teaching English in China, I have found that there are&nbsp;<strong>four kinds of foreign teachers</strong>: the&nbsp;may fly, the quitter, the rebel and the puppet. Each one is slightly different, but all are intrinsically linked together. Which one are you?</p> <p><strong>1) The puppet</strong><br />Let&rsquo;s start with the latter &ndash; the puppet &ndash; a.k.a &ldquo;the pusher&rdquo;. The puppet initially has high ideals, and those ideals mainly consist of &ldquo;making it in China,&rdquo; by moving up in the hierarchy of the organization he works for. He wants power rather than money, and he wants to apply that power to be respected in the community he operates in and to do what is right for his potential or future inferiors. Unfortunately for the puppet, respect is something that he just does not seem to get, even if he deserves it &ndash; not by his Chinese superiors, who only keep him as a marionette to restrain any foreign rebellion and not by his own nationals.</p> <p><strong>2) The rebel</strong><br />Over time, puppets will most likely turn into rebels. What is a rebel? A rebel is, in a sense, a professional. He has had his share of negative experiences. He still might want to make education right, but he is frustrated on two fronts: The first front is the intellectually rigid Chinese student, who through his high school education is made incapable of grasping whatever the foreign&nbsp;<a href="http://www.echinacities.com/expat-corner/teaching-in-china-what-can-it-get-you.html" target="_blank">ESL teacher</a> is trying to make him understand. The second front is the school management. No matter what they say, Chinese ESL schools want to make profit above anything. Just as profit comes before safety, prevention of pollution and corruption in the Chinese economy, bucks go before a better education in the ESL world. Despite the fact that Chinese ESL education could be inexpensive and efficient, it is in fact generally costly, time-wasting and fruitless.&nbsp;When puppets and rebels realize that, they are on their way to&nbsp;become the next type of teacher: the quitter.</p> <p><strong>3) The quitter</strong><br />Quitters still have their job as ESL teachers, but will not take their profession very seriously. They once might have, but now they see that their role is more that of an English facilitator, or communicator, rather than teacher. They actually might feel comfortable in this new role, and throw overboard any obsolete attempts to improve&nbsp;<a href="http://www.echinacities.com/expat-corner/an-education-how-china-s-system-differs-from-the-west-s.html" target="_blank">education</a> (which usually is a synonym&nbsp;for&nbsp;preventing&nbsp;client-parents from not refunding their money), and allows them to be withdrawn. The extra time they have now created by not focusing on a serious career in education, gives them the opportunity to look for other interests and thus concentrate on a more purposeful future until they are about to do what is best for them: to quit.</p> <p><strong>4) The may fly</strong><br />That leaves us with the largest group: the may flies. The may fly is often the young teacher who is in China to enjoy freedom and to have fun. Work is not important; he&rsquo;s just does it to finance his living. May flies can also be those who sign up with an ESL school because
  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    This lacks the usual stereotyping and 菊花残 of these kinds of lists.

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    @Monica, A better question is what's your type, darling?

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:


  • Martin Svean
    Martin Svean wrote:

    there are other types as well.

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