I’ve spent most of my career being sent to teach in universities, companies, junior colleges, kindergartens, cram schools and such-like by conversation schools who also provide teachers for other organisations. During that time I’ve met quite a few teachers who have worked for the same universities etc directly, including some who have gone from being outsourced teacher to a direct hire or vice versa, sometimes teaching in the exact same institutions.
I get the impression that in general most of those teachers have found that by being direct hires they can get more money for doing a worse job, due to less supervision, fewer colleagues they can really work together with, idiotic syllabi designed by the organisations without any outside input, identical classes repeated over and over until they lose all interest in them, time spent documenting their classes rather than improving them, etc. If they had tenure, they’d probably be able to get away with even worse classes for even more cash.
I feel exactly as torn about the situation on both sides of that equation as you might imagine from that description. If someone offered me more money to teach worse classes I’d probably do so too, but as things stand I don’t feel so bad about providing at least slightly better classes for what is probably a reasonable amount of pay, even if the rest of the cash is going into the pockets of people who don’t teach.
And you? How do you feel about educational outsourcing and/ or being part of it?