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    Should there be an age limit for new hire teachers - Is 60 too old to be teacher?

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    Of course not! Stupid question. Age means more life experienceRuthi in United Kingdom
    There are physical demands to sit on your ass for 5 hours...reallly give me a break!Richard
    I am 60 and have live and taught in 5 countries. Understanding cultural and diversity issues can\'t be taught in the classroom. And about health--I can still ski, ice skate, and walk up and down stairs forever. 60 is not a death sentence--it is an age of understanding. My mom is 83 and she still teaches women and children and shelters and foster homes in Arizona. I hope I can keep going strong like her!Linda
    Amazing that they young put a cut off date on age - in time they will learn its a persons lifestyle and habits which creates issues and this happens at any age. My traveling and on going learning is a desire than increases not decreases - teaching is an art many only go through the motions. I only cycle 100K\'s a week but then I\'m in a rest period at the momentRose
    Im 68 years of age & taught for more than 20 years & keen to continue. At the moment Im doing tutoring and enjoying it. If there are jobs in China, Japan or S Korea, I will consider applying. Im available now. Best man for the job based on merit!Cliff
    I have taught ESL in four different private academies in Korea for the past 10 years, and I was the most popular teacher in each. The fact is that I had twice the energy and twice the wordly knowledge, of teachers half my age. And when you put these together with my endless imagination, outgoing personality and a caring heart, you have it all as a teacher. By the way, I am 59, but look only 40, better -still, I have the energy of a teenager. I strongly advise prospective employers to think insideout when hiring and look at an individual\'s track record rather than his/her age. The fact is that once my employers took the \'gamble\' of hiring me, they reaped in abundance.Mark Khan
    Many a good tune played on an old fiddleKeith Dixon
    For teaching English to engineering undergraduates or engineers generally, requires experience in engineering that only comes with age. In any case most 60 year olds I know are fitter than 30 somethings\'.Nigel Pacey
    It should depend on the persons health and qualifications to teach.aleph06
    Each person is different, and each person must be given the chance to apply for work. If a person is obviously physically unable to handle the job (regardless of age) so be it.Aaron
    At 62 this is my profession. I have tauaght for over 30 years. I amstill enthusastic about what I do. I have a good tarck record. I teach and caare about the people I teach. There is an advantage to maturity in the class room. But we also need the new blood. Do not discount us and add to ageism!BTW I was evacuated from Lybiya and am now in Joran. Phyllis Eslin
    Maturity of attitude and lifelong experiences, not to mention advanced education, are the only things which should matter. Older teachers are more dedicated to excellence than young adults who are only teaching abroad for adventure.Renee Freguson
    and plan on teaching as long as I can. I love my job. I would hate to think that if I wanted to teach in another part of the world my age would be a problem!! Infact my job keeps me feeling young!!Jacqueline Gunn
    dont be silly...I would be more concerned about level of education. I have seen job adds here wishing to employ science teachers with no PhDs???? Would anyone really want someone teaching their kids science without a doctorate in the relative area!!! ewan black
    Yesterday I found a site which stated that some areas of China are coming under a new law which will allow ESL teachers to obtain Z visas until age 70 (Beijing & Shanghai). I recently returned from a year in China at 66... I would like to go back... IF I COULD FIND A SCHOOL THAT WANTS A MATURE, SERIOUS TEACHER WHO ACTUALLY WANTS THE KIDS TO LEARN!Alan B. Cranford
    Teachers need to have energy and be healthy, at 60 and above even the most energetic or healthy teacher can not compete with 20 and 30 year olds.Sarah Key
    I was just over 60 when I started my first China job and 68 when I finished up last year. My final year was as Director of Teaching Affairs at a provincial-level vocational college and by far the most problematic FTs were younger. Both as regards empathy for the teaching task and general behaviour.
    Robbo
    Teachers should be accepted on their individual merit, not age. Some 50 year olds might struggle, while a 65 year old might not, depending on their health and mental stamina. Heather Banyard
    Our opinion of our ability to teach is irrelevant if the visa regulations of the country stipulate that a person can\'t obtain a working visa if they are over a certain age. Saudi Arabia states that no-one over the age of 55 will be issued a work visa so pointless to go there if you are 60.Thomas Wells
    According to China law, it is 70.
    The schools do not go by the government law. go figure.
    Most agents will not qualify you to teach? pasca'
    Hey there,
    I just started an english academy a year ago. As I study and fill myself with TESOL, I have found that age has nothing to do with it, but teaching vocation. For example, a 24 yr old can be really boring and a 60 yr old can be the most motivated, motivational, creative, and dynamic teacher. So, my suggestion is to look for vocation and teacher qualities, rather than age. You can work around any other thing. If you find a great (with all that this means) english teacher who is 60, he will be motivated enough to go up some steps. So, vocation and motivation rather than age. Victor Mejia
    It is reasonable to have an age limit because of the physical demands of some position which may wear an older teacher down. For example, working in a Thai public school where your office is on the 2nd floor and all your unairconditioned classrooms are on floord 3 to 6...but the evelator (if there is one) doesn\'t work. :-)Dave S.
    I think 60 is still young enough to teach. The age limit should be the same as the retirement age which, in most countries is being pushed to 65. The only reason teachers who are 60 are not hired is age discrimination.Elizabeth Martin
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