But in terms of the kids, if they can't keep up, it will come out. Little things like "I don't wanna go anymore" "It was fun but it isn't anymore" and moms may realize their mistake (though they won't admit it).
angryboy wrote:. . ..They wanted to know why their kids were not further ahead in the book. . . .
okazakiOm wrote:Demand payment for the video shoot. I'm sure you could dredge up something in the company's rule book or your contract regarding taping lessons....
dogdays wrote:. . . I don't work on weekends. Fuck that!! I made that decision and stick by it. Hold your ground. Be a big person. Don't wimp out!
Examination_Hell wrote:Dude that sucks, you had a spineless boss, sure he said he agreed with you, but when push comes to shove, he does the whip-out-the-camera-and-lets-show-the-mums-how-fast-we-can-tear-through-the-book trick. Do these mums want their kids to finish the book or learn some English?
SOS wrote:Your boss sounds cool because he did agree with you. But understand your boss was stuck between a rock and a hard place (with the complaints from the moms).
LeBlueBoy wrote:. . . The videotape, if nothing else, is proof that you and the manager attempted to address the issue. If someone complains to his boss, then he has the tape to cover his ass, and yours, and that you both are actively exploring the situation in order to resolve it.
Ojii wrote:The videotaping is really degrading to this guy. It's also a blow in the gut by the fact that he knows that his manager is NOT on his side but just a little weasle that will do anything and make him do anything if anyone complains.
angryboy wrote:I have put up with the shit pay (it is one of the lowest paying places around),the shitty hours and I have brought more business to the place and made more money for them than anyone else yet my opinion isn`t worth a pinch of shit.It`s worth less than the tuition of 2 students and less than the opinion of two fuckwits.And I have gone above and beyond the call of duty on many occassions,sometimes on my own time...
nigerian_nampa wrote:For what it`s worth, this doesn`t just happen in Eikaiwa. In my public school experience in Canada, I saw just how militant parents (who know nothing about education) can be when trying to get what they want. School principals will stand up for you most of the time, but this drives the parents even further into a rage so they sometimes back down. Some parents are like wild animals that instinctively want to rip your head off if you get too close to their offspring.
tarokaja wrote:"we know that what she's asking for is actually impossible, but please keep the customer happy".
AndreBone wrote:I bet that the staff at these schools are telling parents that because their children are young, they will just "pick up" the language in a matter of no time.
Staff: Your child is young and his brain is still mushy so he can pick up languages really fast!
Ignorant mother: Really? Wow! That's great b/c me and my husband are hopeless with English.
Staff: Well, I'm sure the two of you could benefit from taking lessons as well (hint, hint) but yes, children can pick up language and sounds very quickly.
Ignorant mother: Do you think that just by coming to NOVA, my son will be fluent in English soon?
Staff: Ooooh suuuuuuuure! With the combination of our excellent teaching staff and your son's mushy brain, he will speaking like a native within no time.
Ignorant mother: (Eyes beaming) Sign us up!!!!
They fail to mention that even for a young kid it takes time to acquire a language; along with consistency in using it on a daily basis. Oh, well. If you care, check out MT's advice above.
Bearcat wrote:Don't sweat it. Go with the flow. Those mothers are looking more for things to brag about to others than actually seeing to the education of the kids. Afterall, if the mothers were really really serious, they would be putting these kids in english prgs every day not just an hour a week. Just the same as piano or any other thing. Don't be fooled into thinking they are dunces. They know exactly what they are doing.
Play along with their same game. Trust me, they will last maybe a year or two more in this manner and then they will be off to push their kids into some other program to do the same.
Samurai_Jerk wrote:All of this begs the question. Can you run a for profit education business with a the-customer-is-always-right philosophy and still offer sound academics? Whattya think?
LeBlueBoy wrote:Then again it could also be the lets-pacify-the-customer-now-before-they-complain-to-someone-who-will-really-fuck-things-up trick.
duma wrote:Give the customer what they want even if it isn't sound academically, but after a while they're going to realize that they aren't learning anything.
Examination_Hell wrote:What gets me is that the mothers/customers are judging all of this by how far the are (or aren't) in the book. Can't they get it through their thick heads that it's not how much of the book you've done but how much they learn/know/can use.
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