|Obviously I wouldn't teach at the beach in a resort full of tourists... but it's still a pretty picture of DR.|
But yesterday, I learned a little bit about the ugly side of the way English is being taught abroad.
One thing I learned is that these teachers may not actually have any qualifications to teach English, other than being a native speaker of the language. (In many places teachers have to take a training course, but in others, they require no training at all.)
I speak English fluently, but please do not put me in front of a classroom of students because I will have no idea how to teach it. I can't remember grammar for the life of me.
Imagine if you went to high school and your Spanish teacher had absolutely no training in being a teacher or teaching Spanish, but had grown up speaking Spanish. In many parts of this country, this would cause a huge uproar because the teacher was not qualified!
But when it comes to teaching others around the world, it's ok because they are poor and it's better than nothing, AND the teacher needs the experience for her [resume, a life changing experience, fill in the blank reason], right?
So at what cost are we sacrificing the education of those in that other country for the "experience" of the teacher?
|and I have a dream that my children will live in a WORLD like this...via|
One of the other things I learned is that in many countries, the people in charge of hiring the teachers often want people who "look American". And to these people, "looking American" means not black, not Hispanic, and not Asian. Meaning my future children would have a good chance of not being chosen, depending on whether they get LoLo's skin tone or mine.
That's where it hit home for me. My future children could be denied an opportunity simply because of the color of their skin.
Apparently, in other parts of the world, this discrimination and racism still exists and here in this country, nothing is being done to ensure that no matter one's skin color, he or she could teach wherever he or she desires. Instead, we go along with their discrimination and only send the teachers who "look American" to the places that make these requests.
But as the supplier, does America not have the ability and/or the leverage to say "We will not send teachers until you stop your discriminatory policies"?
And when we will the world realize that there is no such thing as "looking American"? We are currently in or about to be in an America that is majority minority and "looking American" is already impossible to define.
Will my children look less American because their skin might be tan?