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by sid
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Can I force Majeure?
Replies: 8
Views: 602

Re: Can I force Majeure?

SJ is correct. So far, lots of rumors about force majeure, but I haven’t seen a single direct claim of a specific school. One guy on another forum tried to claim he knew several specific schools closing down, and he was quickly shouted down by people who knew it was not true. People are worried. Tha...
by sid
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Norwegian salaries? Anyone out there teaching in Norway?
Replies: 8
Views: 373

Re: Norwegian salaries? Anyone out there teaching in Norway?

You might need to recalibrate your understanding of “good salary”. Norway has benefits that go beyond salary. Good retirement. Good social benefits like medical and maternity. Also high taxes. Salaries are relatively flat there compared to much of the world, with less difference between the lowest a...
by sid
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Schools refusing to close due in COVID-2019 pandemic
Replies: 6
Views: 872

Re: Schools refusing to close due in COVID-2019 pandemic

Some people are legitimately idiots and really believe it’ll all be fine. It’s a hoax. I won’t get it. Kids don’t get that sick. Etc.
others might be concerned about tuition, parents demanding refunds or discounts, dropping enrollment.
by sid
Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Director Invited me Out - Help!
Replies: 40
Views: 9490

Re: Director Invited me Out - Help!

Having been around the block a few times (25+ years overseas), it really isn’t as black and white as people might want. In some cities with millions of inhabitants, a massive international expat community, etc... sure, yeah, I’d tell everyone to go fishing in the wider pool. But there are tons of in...
by sid
Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Is it low-level corruption if IB teachers are made to 'help' too much, or is this widespread?
Replies: 10
Views: 2815

Re: Is it low-level corruption if IB teachers are made to 'help' too much, or is this widespread?

Long ago, in the annals of teaching history, I was involved in two relevant situations. Both were ultimately solved with the same strategy that I suggest you use now. In the first one, I discovered that the grade on a student's report card was significantly higher than the one I had posted. Figuring...
by sid
Sun Mar 01, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Is it low-level corruption if IB teachers are made to 'help' too much, or is this widespread?
Replies: 10
Views: 2815

Re: Is it low-level corruption if IB teachers are made to 'help' too much, or is this widespread?

That does sound like too much. Don’t do it. Your integrity is worth more than that. Don’t sign the various forms unless you agree with what you’re signing. Speak with the coordinator about your concerns and intent. Contact the IB if needed.
by sid
Sun Mar 01, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Is it low-level corruption if IB teachers are made to 'help' too much, or is this widespread?
Replies: 10
Views: 2815

Re: Is it low-level corruption if IB teachers are made to 'help' too much, or is this widespread?

Can you define "help" with a little more detail? If the teacher is asked to do the typing (or the dictating) for a student's assessment, that's bad. If the teacher is asked to give formative feedback that suggests where the student needs to pull up their socks, that's generally good. Unless it reach...
by sid
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Director Invited me Out - Help!
Replies: 40
Views: 9490

Re: Director Invited me Out - Help!

She did. Ignore her. If you think you might have an interest, why not accept. It's a group situation and a chance to test the waters in a relatively safe environment. Go slow, go carefully. If you find love, great, but have a think in advance about what happens in case things go south. Also explore,...
by sid
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Roth IRA and Foreign-Earned Income
Replies: 11
Views: 5379

Re: Roth IRA and Foreign-Earned Income

Mu yourself. Maybe later we can go out and take a tally of the prices of all the items for sale in an Asian megamall, from the smallest single piece of candy up to the $3,000,000 luxury condo. Surely the average of those numbers would be useful in knowing how much cash to shove in our pockets before...
by sid
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Roth IRA and Foreign-Earned Income
Replies: 11
Views: 5379

Re: Reply

PsyGuy wrote: > @Sid > > Yes, but it does have an average ROI and a mean, mode, median for the class > of investments. There is no “it”. IRA is not one thing. It is every sort of investment from highly speculative to plain old savings account. I suppose in theory one could add up the contents of eve...
by sid
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Who'd You Rather?
Replies: 5
Views: 4303

Re: Who'd You Rather?

Without a CV and an interview? Shooting in the dark and revealing our innate beliefs? I’ll play. First, e. I’ve worked with several and they all did great. Heads down, never complain, meet all deadlines, effective, calm and persistent with students, all policies followed. They’ve seen the big pictur...
by sid
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Roth IRA and Foreign-Earned Income
Replies: 11
Views: 5379

Re: Roth IRA and Foreign-Earned Income

You do realize that an IRA isn't a single thing with a single ROI, right? You can put any sort of (legal in the US) investment in there. Even actual real estate. Non-US investments.
by sid
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Roth IRA and Foreign-Earned Income
Replies: 11
Views: 5379

Re: Roth IRA and Foreign-Earned Income

Before you can fund a traditional IRA, you have to earn ABOVE the foreign earned income exclusion. Anything earned over that exclusion can be put into an IRA. But that’s a high income bar that most expat teachers won’t reach.