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Bizarre dress code at private school: polyester & PE pants

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Image is everything - I get it. But I can't wear high end dress shirts or any pants unless they are black.

Those polyester shirts are a nightmare for men who sweat and then stink. Taking showers is not an option do to a high work load.

 

Kids now can have longer hair? (I recall and angry Thai teacher cutting off chunks of whoever he thought had too long hair, forcing them to get the mess corrected by a real hairdresser). And teachers can't just follow the standard dress code known as business attire?!?

 

None of the foreigners is teaching PE. And no, it's not just for 1 day of the week!

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Dress codes are fairly important to Thai schools and businesses.   I have known people who were given some leeway if they had a very good reason -- We had a teacher who was heavy and had an enormous neck.   Wearing a dress shirt with a Thai simply wasn't an option.   Fortunately for him, he had an advanced degree, and would be hard to replace.   I know a few other examples, but they are rare.  

 

I also know people who were fired (or contract not renewed) due to their appearance.  

 

There are two problems.   First is not wearing the 'uniform' of sorts, and second is not conforming or obeying superiors.   However, you approach it, try not to make it an act of defiance.  

 

 

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Can’t comment on the uniform given that teachers have to wear at schools here in Thailand but I can comment about the comment of “no foreign teachers teaching pe”.

 

the reason there’s no foreigners taken on specifically for pe. Reasons a threefold, 1. The pe teacher traditionally takes the male students enrolled in the raw daw (army cadets) either for their weekly meetings and this cannot be done by a foreigner. 2. The pe teacher traditionally is in charge, or takes the classes for the weekly scouts rubbish, err, meetings and again, foreigners aren’t allowed to run these classes. Third reason is that, here in Thailand, there is NO actual pe lesson as we in the west know it. PE or, physical education, consisting of running, push ups and general exercise are not taught in thai schools, what the Thais know as pe, is what we know as sports.

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Thailand loves polyester clothing... this is surprising to you??

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Every teacher should be in a collared, button down shirt. In better schools, a tie as well. That is the dress code although even Thai teachers are slacking.

 

I see farang in jeans at their waist, untucked shirt. Slovenly. The kids never respected him either.

 

Or the moron that wears pub clothes to work. Specifically, an all black long sleeve shirt.

 

The women are the worst dressers. Cheap, light, flimsy one piece dresses, look more like a 500kg sack of rice. Thai teachers 55+ years old dress nicer.

 

They just don't care and all should be terminated.

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I agree with your sentiments.

Polyester? Poly-NO-sir!

The fabric sticks to the body when you get a bit of sweat and smells no matter how often you shower and perfume/cologne doesn't match well with the scent coming out of the fabric.

 

There were times when the school handed out such shirts (one time a WOOL shirt). It went straight to the bin. I bought similarly colored cotton shirts and had it printed with the school logo.

i don't understand why they choose polyester when it is clearly not suited for Thailand and the kind of weather here.
 

 

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Get a very light weight merino wool t-shirt to wear under the polyester one. I always used to wear a vest under my shirt when I was teaching in Thailand. Merino is better than cotton. 

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Lots of schools looking for teachers. Find another school.

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7 hours ago, Falcon said:

Can’t comment on the uniform given that teachers have to wear at schools here in Thailand but I can comment about the comment of “no foreign teachers teaching pe”.

 

the reason there’s no foreigners taken on specifically for pe. Reasons a threefold, 1. The pe teacher traditionally takes the male students enrolled in the raw daw (army cadets) either for their weekly meetings and this cannot be done by a foreigner. 2. The pe teacher traditionally is in charge, or takes the classes for the weekly scouts rubbish, err, meetings and again, foreigners aren’t allowed to run these classes. Third reason is that, here in Thailand, there is NO actual pe lesson as we in the west know it. PE or, physical education, consisting of running, push ups and general exercise are not taught in thai schools, what the Thais know as pe, is what we know as sports.

Not exactly correct.   Quite a few schools have foreign PE teachers.   There are varying degrees of participation in the scouting activity.   I don't know any foreign teachers that participate in the military training.  

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3 minutes ago, Scott said:

Not exactly correct.   Quite a few schools have foreign PE teachers.   There are varying degrees of participation in the scouting activity.   I don't know any foreign teachers that participate in the military training.  

The school I worked at had a foreign PE teacher for every Thai PE teacher. They weren't allowed to do anything but stand there, so stand there they did. I and all my fellow homeroom teachers were required to attend their "scout" (military) classes. Same thing, do nothing but stand there while the kids sat on the ground and had some idiot yell at them for an hour.

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3 minutes ago, quandow said:

The school I worked at had a foreign PE teacher for every Thai PE teacher. They weren't allowed to do anything but stand there, so stand there they did. I and all my fellow homeroom teachers were required to attend their "scout" (military) classes. Same thing, do nothing but stand there while the kids sat on the ground and had some idiot yell at them for an hour.

The scouting activities are different from the Cadet training that happens when they are in upper Mathyom.   That is generally done off site at many schools.   The scouting activity is done by every school.

Some schools do not have foreign personnel involved in scouting because it is mostly done in Thai.   I suspect you have worked at the few that do.  In general, it is a little like participating in the Thai traditional dance instructions.  

 

We are straying off-topic, however, in that the dress code for PE is different, but at this OP's school, he's not talking about PE uniforms.  

 

 

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3 hours ago, sensei said:

I agree with your sentiments.

Polyester? Poly-NO-sir!

The fabric sticks to the body when you get a bit of sweat and smells no matter how often you shower and perfume/cologne doesn't match well with the scent coming out of the fabric.

 

There were times when the school handed out such shirts (one time a WOOL shirt). It went straight to the bin. I bought similarly colored cotton shirts and had it printed with the school logo.

i don't understand why they choose polyester when it is clearly not suited for Thailand and the kind of weather here.
 

 

polyester is a lot cheaper than pure cotton or linen or wool

thats why I guess

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28 minutes ago, melvinmelvin said:

polyester is a lot cheaper than pure cotton or linen or wool

thats why I guess

That was my understanding, yes. 

 

Gotta love Thailand.  Polyester clothing and plastic shoes (I'm not talking el-cheapo sandals, I mean cutesy shoes that women apparently buy, couldn't find a pic but you know the ones, they look like regular dress shoes but they're plastic).  Every time I'd look at them and think "I like those!" I'd cringe as I thought of my sweaty feet sticking to the inside.

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I know this is about dress code in private schools, but

was wondering if the dress requirements are similar in government schools?

 

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