I was sitting and perusing my first book, the English Teacher X Guide to Teaching English Abroad.
I was considering doing a new edition for 2017.
But I'm thinking:
This shit is ancient history. English teaching just isn't like this anymore.
The meat of that book was written between 2003 and 2007. English teaching (and the world) has changed a lot since it was published in 2011.
Of course my impression is colored by my current job, and my last job, where I was working with a lot of people with primary and high school teaching experience -- actual licensed teachers -- and words like "scaffolding" got tossed around a lot. Places where telling a story about a night at a go-go bar in Pattaya is more likely to get you a somber lecture about the realities of sex trafficking and AIDS rather than laughter.
But then I look at the want-ads on TEFL.com and so forth -- there damn sure are still a lot of $1000 a month jobs left out there, despite all the new requests for state teaching qualifications and master's degrees and all that.
They can't all be full of frumpy female teachers, can they? Married couples and people with kids?
Or are those days gone forever, a thing of the past like the three-martini lunches of MAD MEN?
I mean, I don't care -- I barely drink at all anymore. I'm not pining for the old days, particularly.
I mean it's a whole new world in general, and not a particularly light-hearted one.
Anybody still having fun out there?