Sunday 23 September 2012

Hot Topic: Blacklists

School Blacklists
Teachers often ask about school blacklists and while they certainly exist, they might not be that reliable. They seem to pop up all over the place on the internet. Any teacher that doesn't like something can post, so you don't know about the source. Many times they will be in the local language which will make things harder for you.

The best thing to do is to do a search on forums, such as ESL Cafe, and look for info about schools. You could also PM people and ask questions. You can often tell ahead of time if the school is bad or not. Try reading warning signs of bad schools for more info.

Teacher Blacklists
The same can be said for teacher blacklists. TEFL and international school teaching is a small world, so word gets around fast. Be careful about what you say about your school. And especially be careful about what you post online. Things could easily come back around and bite you in the butt.

Discussions about blacklists

What do you think?
Are blacklists good ideas? Have you ever put a school on a blacklist?

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