Thursday, April 06, 2006

Foreign Teachers Head To Scotland

In the Philippines one cannot guarantee his own security. I never had peace of mind. Never. My life in the Philippines wasn't much of a bad life because we had food and shelter, but not too much economically. Poverty dominated and took over the lives of many Filipinos. Many had to live as "squatters", living on the sides of the roads in cardboard boxes. Now more than ever, the Philippines is in very poor shape. It breaks my heart that my Mother Country, who brought me up to be globally competitive, cannot compete globally, nor even sustain our needs.

I was craving for more ways on how to maximize my potentials; because I know I can do better than what I was able to produce. But my resources limited me. I wanted freedom to do everything there is for my professional development, and for the security of my family. I wanted to reach more stars. I wanted to achieve the biggest star…a better future in life.

I started to dream the American Dream. I was thinking that even though the chances to make money in America were small, chances to do so in the Philippines were almost non-existent. The major reason to migrate to the United States was mainly economic. Ask any Filipino why they decided to come to America, and they will take a step back and answer as if it were quoted directly from a text book, "it is the land of opportunity…a land of promise."

How long would it be before we dream of the "European Dream"?...not too long from now I guess.

Foreign teachers head to Scotland

The Scottish Executive's drive this year to recruit more foreign teachers has yielded 1,465 educators, primarily from England but also from such far-flung spots as Venezuela, Lithuania and New Zealand. Education Minister Peter Peacock credits the successful campaign to the country's generous pay and high educational standards. The Scotsman (Edinburgh) (12/30)


tin-tin said...

i may sound makabayan. i'll be honest. when everyone around me is trying to apply to go there or to any other country coz they say that there's no hope here in the philippines. i still believe that there's still hope. or maybe i just don't wanna lose hope in our beloved country :I

ghee said...

I can relate to your feelings.we all aim high,or higher that brought us to go abroad and join the battle,"survival of the fittest".

Although,I am still trying hard to maintain my own identity being a Filipina,and I know that one day,I`ll be home,for good to spend the rest of my days(with my hubby,of course) :)

Foreign teachers are so in demand.Here,in Japan,theyre also looking for Foreign English Teachers preferably Asians coz its getting tough for them to get Native Teachers.
Years ago,nurses ang nawawala sa Pinas,and recently,pati teachers na rin.So,sino na kaya ang maiiwan sa Pinas?I wonder,should I consider this good or bad for our own economy there.

have a good day!

Ms.B said...

hello! You are so right in saying we cannot compete globally; we can hardly eat much more think. I just hope things will change for the better- maybe a little.

Anonymous said...

Hey Teacher Sol,

I like the hopeful soul you are. I believe that globalization should be able to free our poor countrymen from the friction brought about by a bad government. According to an Inquirer news article, outsourcing is on the rise in the Philippines. I am so glad. Actually, America or even Canada may not hold this land of opportunities anymore if it does not fund its education system in science and technology. Countries like India, China, Taiwan, Japan and Eastern Europe are very aggresive in outsourcing. The Philippines should take advantage now!!!!!!!!

Jeannie said...

Hello!!! I was born in the Philippines but I grew up in America. I currently live in the US. My mother is Philippine but my dad is an American. So, my mother's whole side of the family is still living in the Philippines.

I have a 1/2 brother in the philippines also, whom I have never met. I have just currently started contacting them via yahoo chat and e-mail.

I would love to visit the Philippines and see my relatives there. I just sent my brother a digital cam/streaming cam so that I can get a better idea of the life there in the Philippines and to get live streams of the family there.

I wish that the economy was doing much better in the Philippines.

Although teaching is a great profession, it is not a profession to be in if you want to make some real money.

Teachers in the US and the Teachers' Union are always complaining that they don't get paid enough or get enough benefits and end up striking. I say to them that if they don't like their pay, get into another profession. Teachers knew that they would not get rich in this profession. Teachers often claim that they don't care about the money, but that they want to make a difference in children . . . and then they complain about the money.

I would suggest getting into the computer field or realestate. My long time boyfriend just got a decent paying job in the computer field. Now, we are able to buy a home and I can be a "stay at home mom" for my 5 year old daughter. She will be going to school next year. Realestate will be our next venture.

I hope that you find your dream here, in America, and I wish you the best of luck and hope. I also hope that the US and the Philippines could work together in bringing up the economy of the Philippines.

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