Thursday, March 30, 2006

Split Shifts Suck

For five years I worked in this fucking place and I never had to do split shifts. Classes were, almost without exception, scheduled between 4:30 and 9:30pm.

Now, suddenly, since we have like 8 or 9 teachers compared to the 2 or 3 we used to have, they begin claiming that everyone has to have split shifts, that it's no longer possible to find enough students to fill the 4:30 - 9:30 hours.


This argument would be a lot more convincing if I hadn't worked here for FIVE YEARS only in the evening.

It's the typical bullshit -- when there were only three of us, and it was hard to get new teachers in Russia, they treated us well. Now that there are lots, and plenty of fresh new applicants ready to go to Russia, and even Vodkaberg here, which is shaping up to be THE NEXT FUCKING PRAGUE, they begin treating us like the scum that we are.

That's it, I'm becoming a bank robber.

Repeat after me, class: "Don't move or I'll fucking blow your brains out!"


Anonymous said...

English, you gotta go east (The words of Alex the pimp, from Hostel)Or forget east, try Odessa... Sounds like your place is becoming too high class!!

Anonymous said...

Split shifts are a royal shafting; they turn you into a zombie, the day is never ending. Leave 5 years is enuff they'll be treating you like a piece of the furniture and sitting on you! Seriously you deserve senior teacher status and preferential treatment. try and negotiate but don't threaten just start talking about the wonderful possibilities around the world.

English Teacher X said...

Oh, believe me, I gave them a fucking earful the other day, when they hit me with three 9am starts. . . the only option is to go part-time, then I can choose, but I can't do it before June 15 or I lose my airfar to Amurika. For $800 I can wait a couple months.

Anonymous said...

ah, the beauty of being an english teacher is that whoever pays the bills could give less than a fuck about you since you can be replaced by another english speaking washout at will...