/ Thinking of spending time teaching in Poland!
Thanks guys for your comments!
I guess I got confused as most of the international schools are usually private as well. Anyway, it's good to know that childrens'education is well monitored. I'm a teacher myself, too, (up here in Finland) and that's why I'm also interested in these issues. The main point, however, is that we have been considering wheter to put our kids in a state or international school if / when we move to Poland. We would probably stay only two years, so an international one might be better. But I'm sure we'll check out the schools beforehand. I know that private does not always mean better. I have worked here both in public and private sector and, in my case, the public system worked much better. The owners of the private school were just conserned about making big money. Of course this is not always the case. There are great private schools, too.
And yes, a good paper doesn't make you an excellent teacher. It's the personality and social skills that matter in the end. Although it does'nt do any harm if you do know the grammar ;) But I'm sure a native, with or without the knowledge of the grammar, is a great help! We Finns, for sure, need a lot of encouragement (a bottle of vodka will do) before we dare to open our mouth even if we'd learned the foreign language for years ;)
I didn't mean to mock the tefl teachers, just thought that the the kids that are still growing up need a lot more and many kind of support.
Keep up the good work folks!