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Do Thai Kids Have No Respect For Foreign Teachers?

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Hey y'all, whats crackin.

 

I was down at Kata beach last night having a few drinks as usual when a youngish guy came and sat on the stool beside me. He must have been early to mid 30s and he was from New York. He looked a bit down so I offered to buy him a drink to cheer him up. After a while I asked him what was he doing here. He told me he was an English teacher at one of the local schools. Upon asking him how it was the flood gates opened. To cut a long story short he basically told me he hated his job, and that the thai kids and teachers  alike didn't respect him (according to him, Thai kids are brought up from a young age not to respect any foreigners). I wasn't sure myself of the truth of this as I have never taught english in my life so I thought I would put the question to TV. He also said that the only way he can control his class is by asking one of the thai teachers to come inside the classroom, brandishing the cane. At that point they all behave like well trained dogs.

 

So, my question is, Are Thai kids brought up to disrespect foreigners from a young age? It would explain a lot if it was true with the current attitudes of many locals towards us at the minute. Any input from current/former teachers would probably be beneficial.

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i do not think this is generally so but to gain respect  you have to show it 

maybe seems this teacher had  possibly failed in this area and maybe others also

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What grade does he teach?

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25 minutes ago, champers said:

Yo dude. So how many free drinks did this scrounger cadge off you?

I bought him 1 small beer and he bought me one back later, so no cadging happened.

 

He seemed like a genuine guy to be fair, looked well dressed, good manners etc. 

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19 minutes ago, SteveK said:

Back in the good old days, travelling to Thailand to teach English was a great thing to do on a gap year for young westerners, but a terrible idea for a long term plan. It was a good way to extend your travels, soak up some culture and get some work experience as well.

 

Nowadays, I can't help but think that the people who are slumming it in Thailand on less than a McDonalds wage back home are doing it because they've failed at everything else. Either that or they've met a stunning little brown thing that has taken control of the ATM card.

working here is simply the lesser of two evils

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