The plight of getting old

Postbox letter from Just getting by

Please, consider the older teachers. We are close to having all we work for only to be shut out and living hand to mouth on today's wages


Young teachers vs old teachers?

Which age group do Thai employers really prefer?

It’s the argument that refuses to go away. Which teacher group do Thai schools really prefer to hire and for what reasons? In this light-hearted ajarn article, older teachers and their young counterparts square up to each other over 11 rounds. Seconds out!


Tossed on the TEFL scrapheap

Is teaching in Thailand a young man's game?

These are older teachers who have made their life in Thailand, perhaps even got married and raised children, and are now contemplating the unthinkable. Leaving the home they love. For many it’s either a case of seeking out pastures new or returning home to a country they left behind a long time ago.


But what about the racism and ageism?

Postbox letter from Jonathan

I know excellent teachers who because of their skin colour are not allowed in a school because "the parents want a white face" so actually I will amend my previous statement and include all the racist Thai parents out there. The simple question for Thailand should be do you want to learn English or don't you?


Too old, but do I care?

Postbox letter from James

Continuing along the line of ageism; now in my late 50’s I am still sought after and have a huge pick of schools to choose from.


We are all unemployable at some point

Postbox letter from Ian BKK

Sadly, the older you get, the harder it seems to be able to get a job.


Clouds of smoke

Postbox letter from Fair go

Surely there must be the element in institutions where English is taught for profit in Thailand, that they want to adorn their business prospectus with a young and handsome or beautiful white face.


Discrimination exists all over

Postbox letter from Dan

Undoubtedly there is racial discrimination in hiring. There is also ageism in hiring, even in the U.S.


Age discrimination and stagnant salaries

Postbox letter from Beauregard

Why does there tend to be a cap of 55-60 for the hiring age, regardless of excellent qualifications and experience


Wisdom

Postbox letter from M.Benson

I want to home in on one very specific aspect of education within Thailand – namely, the prevailing approach to utilizing teachers. From what I have observed this country has moved strongly toward what I perceive, again, as an essentially money obsessed , cheap is better hiring scheme.


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