I do believe xFT M when he said the Cafe was a place where culture/language exchange was encouraged MORE than it being a place of business. It had to be a business in order to keep in existence.
They because allies to oppose me.
ThirdView wrote:Does it matter what the exact requirements are now?
Of course specifics matter. Every FT wants to know details before accepting a job offer for the same reason they read the contract before signing. If the salary is too low, if the lesson load is too high, if the class size is too big, if the administration micromanages, if the location is too far from downtown, if the weather/pollution index is awful, etc, the FT will pass. That’s why FTs have forums, so we can give each other the inside story. To not share specifics is to defeat the whole purpose of having and using a forum.
ThirdView wrote: ...The Magick Café is a rare treat. In all of China, you probably won’t find another half a dozen places like it. Authentic western food. Criminally delicious deserts. Very cold drinks. Frequent parties. Large movie screen. Relaxed, community atmosphere. Bilingual, well trained staff. And the place operates like a well oiled machine...
ThirdView wrote:Yes, Puzzle Box, I have read your posts. You are among the saner posters here. But your comments aren't very specific. And I wasn't aware you're no longer at PZ.
We all know FTs loath paperwork. But everyone's definition of "a lot" of paperwork and "more" paperwork is different. It would be great if someone could track down a memo or form so we could assess for ourselves, and discuss, the type and volume of paperwork Arthur is required.
The more paperwork Arthur requires, BTW, the easier it is for Karl to claim you didn't fulfill your contract, giving him an excuse to cheat you out of some of your pay or refuse to give you a recommendation letter - or fire you. All he has to do is claim you didn't provide enough information about your lessons. He's in a position to define "enough."
ThirdView wrote: ...All because of M's focused vision, exceptional management skills, and long term commitment. The owner agreed to store my large, growing movie collection (last count, 1500). Me and the cook had English Corner together. Tag teaming with him made it the most enlightening, interesting, and enjoyable English Corner ever.
Am I supposed to stand by and watch Karl attack these people?
truthiness wrote:"Teach in China. Sell your soul."
puzzlebox wrote:As I have stated; PZ has become truly a sad and pathetic place. Many of those still there whom I know personally, have said that the atmosphere there now is empty of life and void of any sense of a unified FT body.
johnpz wrote:puzzlebox wrote:As I have stated; PZ has become truly a sad and pathetic place. Many of those still there whom I know personally, have said that the atmosphere there now is empty of life and void of any sense of a unified FT body.
This sentence is sad to hear, especially in regards to the atmosphere. Last year, the administration was chugging along and taking advantage of everything they could, but at least the atmosphere was good. I had a lot of fun times hanging out at invitation dinners, Magick, going on trips, etc.
This year, there was no vacation week for everyone to get to know each other. There was no Halloween party at Magick. I doubt you guys are going to have a Christmas dinner. It seems like 2010-2011 was the last decent year.
johnpz wrote:PZ wouldn't be what i consider to be a fun place to work abroad these days, but I have overheard some FTs saying that they enjoy how quiet it is. I guess that is one positive. Some teachers that don't mind all the negative aspects of the administration may enjoy PZ for how quiet and free-of-drama it is. A look at one of the few positive aspects of PZ, I guess.
ThirdView wrote:...This string is not effective for the simple reason that is too large. 500 posts and 25 pages. Another reason is that most of these posts are rants, bickering, reiteration, and speculation. No one considering this school will plow through all this before making a decision. Would you if you were considering a school? Of course not. You want concise, specific, relevant info. I would start by compiling all the of horror stories about the way Karl has treated foreign teachers.
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