Facebook user Jonus Jun :
â€œComing from a husband of an ex-teacherâ€¦Since AG deemed it fair for teachers to pay for their parking at their own expenses, I guess I can advise all my teacher friends to stop the following since itâ€™s â€œfair wages policyâ€�:
1. Childrenâ€™s day gifts, class prizes, motivation prizes, class treats, encouragement cards, motivation posters to help the students.
2. Additional study resources, revision notes created out of their own free time in the nights, weekends and holidays.
3. Class charts, decorations, motivation posters, photos printed out of your own money to make the classroom a more positive learning environment.
4. Marking, lesson planning, research done at night, weekends and your own â€œprotected timeâ€� during school holidays. After all, these should be done during your working hours in school right since AG wants to be black and white and you are not paid OT?
5. Answering parentsâ€™ messages, emails and phonecalls after your slated working hours at 5pm. Oh yes, donâ€™t even use your own internet and mobile data to do so since MOE DID NOT PAY A SINGLE CENT OF YOUR UTILITY BILLS. Doesnâ€™t matter if your student have any emergencies or life or death matters in the families. Itâ€™s fair wage policy remember? Must be fair to you.
6. Additional remedial/supplementary lessons/consultation time done after school to help students who are weaker/taking key exams etc.
7. Giving your students pocket money/buying them food and drinks if they have financial difficulties or going for excursions. After all, itâ€™s their own fault if they canâ€™t afford to bring snacks for long excursions right?
On top of that, teachers should stop doing the following unless a fee is paid for these non-teaching duties and responsibilities:
1. Bringing students out for overseas trips/SYF/rehearsals/community events which often fall on nights and weekends, sacrificing your own family and free time.
2. Coming back on weekends to conduct workshops for parents to help them help their own child. Come on, from teaching the child to teaching the parent as well? And for free some more??? Private tuition centres are charging from $50 per hour to $100 per hour for the kind of workshops you conduct!
3. One-to-one meetings with parents to deal with their childâ€™s issues. Some more sometimes get scoldings and shouted at for no good reasons. Even counsellors charge a hefty fee in private sector.
4. Planning and fighting for budget, writing proposals, getting quotations, and all the admin stuff of procurement. After all, these are not done during teaching time right?â€�
A buddy of mine's dog nearly died some years ago. Their cat had been acting strangely during the day, walking around the dog, meowing and licking it. He was in bed in the evening when the cat went nuts, meowing very loudly and hammering on the bedroom door rapidly with its hind legs. He found his dog on the stairs with blood from its nose and mouth. A vet found out the dog had a blod clot in its lung, but managed to recover after some weeks. The cat had been aware of this and tried to tell its owner, but the fuck did it know? Today cat and dog are totally inseparable. If he picks up the cat and carries it out of sight of the dog, the cat will struggle to get free, then rush to the dog to check if he's okay, then cuddle up next to him.
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Collin Anthony Spears, Black American for 4 decades...in fact I get blacker every decade.
Answered Mar 25, 2018 Â· Author has 2.7k answers and 5.1m answer views
I am an African American and lived in Singapore from 2012-2013.
I have also written the following:
What is it like to be Black in China?
Collin Anthony Spears' answer to What is it like being black in Japan?
Further, I am a dark skinned African American, so in Asia, often I have been confused with someone directly from Africa. I am also an IT Project Manager, hired in Singapore, to work at a large multi-national American bank.
I can count the obvious number of racial incidents I had experienced in Singapore on three fingers.