These Comments Won’t Make It Onto ISR
There are many ways to get your point across, some more tactful than others. I think we’ll all agree that whatever your point or approach, examples & elaboration always add credibility & utility to any statement. After all, in the absence of these elements we are left with simple name calling, which does little to enhance a School or Admin Review. Here are some examples of rejected comments:
→ Too many illegal activities to list…
→ They cheated me. These people are a bunch of crooks. Stay away! (Note: This is the entire Review)
→ The owner is in the mafia, or has a mafia ‘friend’. He has NO moral fiber…
→ This is the lowest-end international school. Run as fast as you can from this school.
(Note: This is the entire Review)
→ The board is made up of a bunch of housewives with two brain cells between them
→ STAY AWAY!!! Over the past 4 years there have been many questionable & shady decisions made by upper administration. (Note: This is the entire Review)
→ He hires mostly young women because he is looking for a good-looking wife…
Without a doubt, some teachers have had incredibly trying times at their schools & sharing experiences with colleagues via ISR helps other educators make informed career decisions. But without collaborative information & examples provided, comments have little value to ISR Members.
Yelp & other well-known product/services review sites have adopted a policy of not posting baseless comments which hinge on a customer simply venting their frustration. When submitting a School Review, ISR recommends authors consider what value their comments will have for potential job-seeking colleagues. We suggest teachers avoid the following:
→ ‘He said–she said’ sequels & soap opera reporting that delves into relationships, conversations & motivations to which one is not privy
→ Inflammatory comments, an overtone of venting, revenge &/or character attack
→ Broad, sweeping generalizations with nothing sited to back them up. For Example: everyone hates him / he has absolutely no qualifications.
→ A focus on character traits & personality flaws outside the school environment
→ Discussions of administrators’ children (no matter what age) and or spouse, specific parents or specific children.
ISR is here to serve as a voice for the International Teaching Community, helping each other make informed decisions about schools around the world. Maintaining a professional, tactful, insightful tone when reviewing schools will help ensure ISR’s utility & benefit to colleagues. Click Here to Post a School Review.