Don't compare yourself to Thai teachers. They get away with murder, while you cope the blame for everything. I've seen Thai teachers turn up for the first class of the semester and then disappear, and only to reappear again at the end of the course. Farang teachers get into trouble just for finishing class 20-30min early. I'm guessing the ones who do get away with murder have been working at the uni for their whole life and has a fook load of political power. TIT eh!
EDIT: Damn it! You beat me to it keekwai! I was gonna post that wiki quote.
Yep. That's the one I read....
I suppose at the end of the day we're only getting paid to teach classes, not transform the culture. If the Thais themselves wanted to get students into the classes on time, it'd be done. But it's obviously not thought to be too important.
On that point, I've always been curious where and when the transformation takes place. Because somewhere along the line something changes, and the seemingly hopeless students hatch out like butterflies emerging from their chysalises (sp?) into people who work in and run what is a pretty efficient economy.
...majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd...
Well, there you have it.Originally Posted by Wiki
Now, to look up "toadying"...
Etymology: 19c: shortened from toadeater - an assistant or servant to a charlatan, one who would pretend to eat poisonous toads so that his master could show his expertise in ridding the body of poison.
I sleep in the daytime, I
Work in the night time, I
Might not ever get home
For the kids at school (M1-M3), I do the jumping jacks thing. Here's the one that gets me: Skipping class and leaving their bags in the room. Student affairs now has a great laugh every time I bring a bag to them.
For the M4-6 kids, I generally don't care. I just call roll at the beginning of class and three unexcused absences they automatically fail. This works pretty good for the M4-5 classes and the first semester of M6 because they're worried about their grades for university. By October, most of the M6 students have been admitted to uni so they blow off the second semester, which is great for the M6 teachers.
The French, toads, frogs ... is there a connection?