The last poll didn’t seem to go over very well, it received the fewest votes of any poll we have had on the site. We are past due for a new poll. What about the new teaching rules for Thailand? The new rules, found over on TEFL News, for foreign English teachers in Thailand makes things look pretty grim. Will they pass or will they fail miserably or just not be implemented? I want to hear your comments and concerns. Express yourself in our poll on the sidebar and in comments to this post.
The new rules for teachers in Thailand sure have people up in arms recently and not without reason. Luckily, TEFL News has a new article on these rules and tries to shed a bit of light on the changes and what they mean for teachers.
4) All information is subject to change. I canâ€™t see how they could possible implement these new changes, most teachers would be let go and it would be nigh impossible to attract qualified(by the new standards) teachers from native English speaking countries.
Admin Update 11/8/06: It appears as though the admin of Ajarn Forum has come back and is beginning to make positive changes. As I said in this article, It is my hope that Ajarn Forum continues to be the teaching community in Thailand’s home on the internet. Some kudos go to LDMA for his concern for the teaching community in Thailand and his tireless work to improve Ajarn Forum. Thanks.
This specifically deals with Thailand and the current state of teaching in Thailand. Much has been talked about minimum requirements for teachers and having new requirements come into place over the last couple of months. Administrators and bureaucrats are on the warpath so to speak with new regulations and requirements, but little has been said about what schools should be providing their foreign teachers.
Making changes for the better in Thai education is a noble pursuit and I hear time and again, do it for the kids. Heaven forbid you try to bring up what’s in it for me, never mind, it’s for the children. George Carlin once said, “f*ck the kids” when talking about doing it for the “kids.” I will not go quite that far. Education where foreign teachers are involved is business. Parents are the consumers, they pay the tuition fees and have their expectation about the quality of the product(education). Administrators are in the business of providing the product.