Quantum Leap Journal #13 5/20/14
06/08/2014 § Leave a comment
Hired and Fired in 2 days (from my personal diary) 5/20/14
It just keeps getting worse and worse, dont it? Im always several steps behind my baser affects.
Two thoughts; two items:1) Now I know my records at M___ Elementary School are tainted. What with? It might be very hard to get hired without Divine Intervention. But, maybe its a good thing it was exposed and now I know about it.
2) By going through the orientation at F____ Board of Education, I realized that I really didnt want to work there again, but felt like I had no other choice– I couldnt fool around with the visa sponsorship. But this whole set-up sucks. They called me in at the last minute, and gave me no time–, not even one night– to think about it. They had a shotgun to my head with a visa dangling in front of me. How did I get into this?
A friend texted to me about this, “See, I told you [that company] was evil!”
Working again for this school system would have made for a miserable 10 months. The Japanese Coordinators (JC) call the shots; the curriculum they write is heavy with English mistakes but sacrosanct to them, they only want pronunciation assistance and power drilling from the Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs); no grammar, no vocabulary–, that’s what the JCs are for; and they want no disagreement between the ALT and JC.
Looking back at my work 3 years ago there, I was a naive wreck. I simply didnt get it that the Japanese want the Japanese-English Pidjin Language that they invented, and not the real language I teach. Any attempts on my part to change their agenda was destined to blow up in my face. The job I had after that was just the same. Boy did I blow it the last time.
I’m going to have to start looking for Plan B options more seriously. I may not get my visa.