I hate feminism and the politically correct B.S.

I once read that all emotions could be boiled down into two: love and hate. And I certainly do not love feminism.

How could I like it? It’s all about resentment. I remember being told one time that feminism is about “equality”. I think actually my sister might have told me that.

However, if it was really all about equality then why do they call it feminism? Shouldn’t it be humanitarianism? Or fem-masculinism? Or perhaps something else?

Sure you may have been discriminated against because you were a woman. But you are not alone and there is always someone out there that had it worse than you.

Most everybody suffers from discrimination in one way or another. And we all discriminate in one way or another too. As Jordan Peterson said relationships are the most obvious way that we discriminate.

Think about it.

Why did you choose the person you did? Why not someone else? In fact why not anybody or everybody else?

That would be less discriminatory.

I think feminism has nothing to do with equality. That’s like an excuse. It seems to me that it’s a group of bitter, angry and/or resentful women who want more rights and more power.

They want more rights and more power.

You are not actually equal either. You are similar, but there are inherent biological differences between men and women.

For example, in the most egalitarian societies like in Scandinavia women and men tend to default to more typical work roles. Females doing more social and caregiving type positions and men doing more engineering, science and computing roles.

I am sick of seeing the word “compassion”

I was on the bus yesterday and I saw a girl – that’s a right girl, I could have said woman, but I naturally said girl and she was filling out an application that had a question on it.

It said, “What is your definition of compassion?”

I think they should have said, “What do you think our definition of compassion is?”

It’s like a buzzword now, but…

It’s being used in such a superficial way by “morally superior” people.

I got in a little argument with my sister and father the last time I went home about some law that they are or were trying to pass in Canada about making it mandatory to use certain pronouns to refer to transgendered people.

I think that is stupid.

Look.

Do you what you want, but why do you need to have a law that makes it mandatory to use certain words for you and your ways?

That’s wrong.

There are no laws for such things for men and women. Why the f*ck should we make up more laws and more privileges for a supposed new sex.

That is just dumb.

Anyways so they seemed to think I was like some sort of homophobe or some conservative freak because I don’t support that.

If you are homosexual then good for you. Do that. But I can’t relate. If you want to get married to the same sex then do that. I am not going to try to stop you, but I still can’t relate.

It’s not my business.

And don’t try to make it that either. I have met a few gay men who seem to be attracted to straight men or think they can convert a straight man or even go so far as to touching a straight man.

But you should keep that to yourself and find someone who is into that not someone who is not into that.

And the same goes for the transgendered folks.

It’s like baseball. If you like baseball then great, play. But I have no interest in baseball.

Homosexuals are roughly 5% of the US population

That number is from the book, “Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are”. And it’s based on what people are actually doing online and what they are searching for in the USA.

Of course there are differences between locations as the place where I currently live is in San Fran and that number is way higher.

Transgender

And I would guess that the numbers of transgendered folks are on average less than homosexuals.

So should there be more privileges for a tiny minority of people compared to the vast majority?

That doesn’t make sense.

Like o.k. you are a human, but are you actually an exceptional person? I understand that you want to be exceptional as I’ll mention below…

Here’s an advertisement I saw in the BART.

What the f*ck is this? What does this suggest? That it is o.k to be transgendered, sleazy and suck a lot of dick if you have HIV?

In my opinion this is the worst ad that I have seen on the BART. Like you are going to be amazing if you dress up like this? More on attention later.

Anyways…

The World Health Organization used to define transgendered folks as having a mental health problem. But the LBGT groups did a bunch of protesting and that changed in 2018.

These politically correct groups have some power, but are they correct?

You were born in the right body

First off many think that they were born in the wrong body, but you had no choice. I think that is a problem and you have issues. Lots of people regardless of their sex have stuff that they wish they could change about their body.

Me too.

Some people are lucky and attractive and others are not. That’s the way it is. Life is not fair.

Transgendered folks have high rates of suicide

Your first response may be that is because they get a bunch of shit from other people. Well, maybe but some places are more accepting than others such as in Scandinavia.

I’d say almost everybody at one time or another is going to want to change something if they could.

You are what you are.

On the physical sense you are what you are and I think you need to accept that or otherwise you are going to suffer. I think you should be more grateful for what you have.

Because it could be worse.

Instead of being a man trapped in a woman’s body you could be a man with one leg trapped in a woman’s body. And it could be worse than that too.

You do literally have issues if you think you were born in the wrong body. If you want to be a man and you are a woman then you have a problem and some would say that is an issue.

There’s plastic surgery, but…

It’s probably not going to make you happier. That’s what the studies say. You might get a temporary boost in esteem, but then your happiness levels will likely return to how they were.

Remember you can’t actually see yourself most of the time.

And if you really are supposed to be a woman and you are a man then why not just cut your dick off? Well, there are studies out there that show that many are not happy with their modified genitals.

It’s probably about attention.

I know a lot about attention and how to get it by changing my appearance. When I dress up, paint my face and do all of that I can get attention. I think some people just want attention – so they change their sex or pretend to be someone else and look different.

Just like the transgendered performer in the pic above. It’s about attention.

They want to be different because they will get attention. But just know that attention is not necessarily good and it won’t necessarily make you happier. I know that.

It’s maybe just a phase.

There is a chance that if you are transgendered or gay that it is just a phase. You might not feel the same way ten years from now as you do now.

You are probably influenced by the internet.

There is so much weird porn out there that so many people are getting influenced by it. Maybe they think that it looks cool to have a set of boobs and a dick.

There is a name for that genre of porn too, but I can’t recall it.

It’s all in your head

This is just stupid.

On the bathroom door

I hate seeing this shit which is posted on the public library bathroom in Chinatown, SF.

99.9999% of the time there are just 2 sexes – male and female. A hermaphrodite is a mutation and other than that if you think you are somewhere in between then it is all in your head.

You were born with either two XX chromosomes or an XY set of chromosomes. You either have a penis or a vagina. There is no in between.

That’s all in your head.

That sign was probably the work of more protesting and what not by the LBGT community.

It’s not like you can just choose your sex and who you are.

Not really.

But, yeah you can pretend or get surgery or take hormones, but you are just messing with nature if you do the later two.

You have limitations and one of those is your body.

Look, do what you want, but in my eyes you don’t deserve any special rules or privileges because of your made up sexuality or because you are gay or a feminist.

I can’t relate.

Like I said earlier I have no interest in baseball so I am not going to go to the game or hang out with them or pretend to like it.

Back to “compassion”

So those were some of the things I mentioned and then my sister says something like, “well how about a little compassion?”

I said I am not the Dalai Lama.

Later I sent an email to her and a video titled something like, “Compassion is a vice” that someone made from one of Jordan Peterson‘s clips.

And I never heard back from her which was like 4 months ago. Which I think means I am getting the cold shoulder, ghosted, the silent treatment or whatever you want to call it.

It’s ironic that the word “compassion” was used, because ignoring someone for months on end is not anything like compassion.

It’s a word with meaning, but it’s a word that is getting abused and certain people seem to have their own definition and agenda behind it.

Back to feminism.

I think feminists feel entitled as well as some of these other groups. They feel like you owe them something and ironically in their quest for “equality” I think they just became more like men – their supposed oppressor.

Double standards

It’s forbidden to hit a women and almost everyone including many men will be quick to blame a man or come after a man who hits a woman.

But when the same thing happens the other way around most people don’t seem to care. In fact it’s totally acceptable for a woman to hit or slap a man in the face.

And you can see this in the media. I can recall a movie I saw recently called “Colossal” that shows a woman slapping a man several times.

Woman slaps man (Jason Sudeikis)

It’s a simple game.

If you don’t want to get hit then don’t hit anyone else. But some American women seem to feel justified with hitting a man. And there are some women out there – like some of my neighbors who abuse the fact they are female.

They’ll run their mouths and be totally disrespectful and say things that most men would never say to each other because of the possibility of physical aggression.

And the funny thing is that if something happened and a man did resort to violence with a women then they would call the cops and play the innocent little girl or make up some lie to cover their ass.

The law is mostly on their side.

The fact is that in many cases women are the ones that instigate fights.

Women – you are only one half of the coin

Male and female, light and dark, yin and yang. You cannot have one without the other. You are not “god”. You are not simply the most amazing creature on earth because you have a vagina and can give birth.

Politics suck

I have no interest in politics and I think feminists and the LBGT community are something like political parties. I think a lot of their issues stem from resentment.

They want more rights because they are hurt and unhappy. It’s an egotistical thing. Sure you may have had it tough, but so hasn’t everybody. And if you think you had it tough then I can assure you that there is someone in some 2nd or 3rd world country that has had it way tougher.

I found psilocybin mushrooms!

The psilocybin mushrooms (possibly psilocybe azurescens) that I found

I got interested in these again many months ago after hearing about some of the benefits of psilocybin mushrooms and other psychedelics like: increasing the psychiatric trait of openness to experience, helping depression, anxiety, quitting smoking and making mental breakthroughs.

I may have heard about them from a few places, but one of them was from Jordan Peterson talking about the studies being done on them at John Hopkins university.

I’ll show you a video later on that too.

So…

I spent the last month or maybe 2 looking for and studying psilocybin mushrooms.

It was amazing when I found them!

Finally!

Isn’t he cute?

I had looked all over San Francisco: in just about every major park, in the mountains near Berkeley and in South San Francisco on San Bruno mountain.

I did lots of hiking and saw lots of cool plants, ate some berries and even some uncool ones like poison oak – which was horrible and I got a rash for like a month on various parts of my body.

I didn’t find any psilocybin mushrooms and lots of people online were saying that it’s not the season for them as it’s too dry which is true, but I found them.

I found them where I wasn’t expecting them either. Well, kinda, they weren’t in the places other people where saying either like in: wood chips or in cow shit as they are not any cows in nearby.

I was hiking in the “secret location” looking around and I felt a little tired and decided I needed a little rest so I went sat down and meditated for 20 minutes and asked for some help finding them and then not long after that I found them!

Amazing how I found them.

I was walking in the grass in a sort of somewhat dampish area.

The beautiful area where I found them

Then I pushed aside some grass and there they were. I am not exactly sure what species they are but they are either psilocybe azurescens, cyanascens or cyanofriscosa.

It’s also possible that in that location I found several types. I did find some more later which were smaller gold-brownish and resembled cyanascens as they had somewhat of a wavy cap.

The ones in the pics above did not have a wavy cap and most resemble the azurescens.

Anyways…

I had been studying mushrooms since I started looking for them. I also learned about the poisonous ones too, because some can kill you or make you very sick like: galerinas, death caps and amanitas.

I would take some home and try to figure out which ones they were. I had looked at a lot of pictures and almost immediately I could tell these were psilocybin mushrooms as they had the characteristic bluish bruising on the stems.

Initially you couldn’t see them walking by I had to push the grass aside to see them and there they were.

They are very cool looking. I picked them, set them aside and tried to make a spore print for 30 minutes. I was thinking that if they had a purplish brown spore print then they definitely were.

I waited and looked around some more.

After 30 minutes I checked and there wasn’t any spore print yet, but I decided I was very confident that they were psilocybin mushrooms.

It was 5:23.

And I ate 3 little ones and waited. Then at 5:45 I ate the 2 bigger ones. And thought hopefully I won’t die ;-).

They taste much better fresh as this was the first time I had eaten them fresh.

I had previously eaten magic mushrooms dried only a few times before. Once about 10 years prior and a few other times in my early 20’s.

What were the effects like?

Not sure when exactly I felt the first effects. I hadn’t eaten that much that day – only some berries I had found and some pure dark chocolate without any sugar.

So maybe about an hour later I started noticing some things.

I had been looking exclusively in the grass and then I looked up and I noticed that the trees looked a little different.

They were more vivid and more alive looking. More 3-D like.

Then there was that sort of wave or two of the mushrooms kicking in and a fear that came over me or I am not sure how to describe what came over me. It might have been a fear that I ate the wrong mushroom and that I would die, but I just told myself to relax and that I would be o.k.

And I was.

I was reminded of a book I read recently by Albert Hoffman, the guy who discovered LSD and also studied “psilocybin” mushrooms. One of the things he said was that mushrooms were a little “darker” than LSD.

I was definitely spooked for a bit.

It’s hard to describe the feeling, but it was kinda sudden and intense. Time seemed to slow down. I am pretty introspective and I guess the mushrooms bring up some emotional things. One of the ways they are being used is in therapy.

And that’s part of the reason I wanted to use them – to help figure some things out.

Anyways…

I spent the next few hours walking about the small area talking to myself, thinking about things and looking for more mushrooms. Talking to myself isn’t actually that bizarre as I do it often when I walk which to some might seem weird, but hey we are all always talking to ourselves, just usually it’s going on silently.

This massive slug blew me away – about twice the length of my finger

Some little things became more challenging and scary. There were some areas that were covered in prickers that really looked challenging. Everything slowed down.

I was hyper vigilant about poison oak, but there was none.

It was really great.

I found this sort of hidden path that was running alongside the main path and started to walk down it. It was getting cold and dark out.

The trees looked so cool although you can’t really tell in that shaky picture. I felt pretty grateful and happy. Then I saw this massive slug. it was like 8 inches long!

Did I hallucinate a friend asked that I saw later at the grocery store?

Not really.

But maybe a little as I said things looked more vivid and watching the trees move was cool and another thing I noticed was that somethings like plants and leaves on the ground took on a bluish kind of color like the mushrooms had!

It was like the mushrooms not only bruise blue, but colored me blue too :-).

I mean it could have been the light or it could have been the mushrooms!

I walked very slowly back towards the grocery store. I also saw this family of raccoons digging in the playground trash.

They were really cute.

I got to the store before they closed and home walking the whole way after 10:30 or so.

I hadn’t eaten much like I said earlier, but I just kept telling myself that I would be fine. When I got home music sounded really great!

Then finally I ate and went to bed late. I think all that cocoa kept me up though. The mushrooms didn’t leave any hangover or bad effect like alcohol or the heaviness that marijuana does.

It was a great experience and I look forward towards finding them again.

Studies

Here’s video about those John Hopkins studies.

Another interesting thing that Jordan Peterson talks about is serotonin and how a lack of that can really bring you down. And not just figuratively, but literally like it can make you slouch like the defeated lobsters in his book.

Psychedelic drugs like mescaline (from a cactus), LSD, DMT and psilocybin mushrooms primarily stimulate the serotonin pathway in your brain and not the dopamine pathway like cocaine or heroin do which are addictive drugs.

Learn more:

Or do a search for:

psilocybin mushrooms research

What does an online TEFL course involve?

What does an online TEFL course involve? Well, it depends on the course, but in this post I’ll focus on what ESLinsider’s advanced course involves.

The advanced course is “advanced” as according to research it uses the best methods to learn online. Some of these methods include the use of instructional videos and other visuals, feedback, writing, bite-sized learning, repetition, audio, etc.

Course syllabus

Here is a look at some of the topics in the advanced course.

  • Introduction (30 teachers share their experiences on video in Asia)
  • “Engrish” entrance exam (let’s make sure you speak English and not “Engrish”)
  • Teaching methods (7 different methods of teaching explored)
  • The teacher as a public speaker (How to captivate your students)
  • Learning styles (the old concept of learning styles & what to take from it)
  • Lesson planning (Learn 2 different preparation methods)
  • Presenting language (Learn how to introduce language to your students)
  • Teaching reading
  • Teaching speaking
  • Teaching writing
  • Teaching listening
  • Teaching pronunciation & phonics (Learn pronunciation tips for kids-adults)
  • Midterm
  • Grammar
  • Using games & activities (for enhanced learning & engagement)
  • Teaching with songs (How to use music to teach)
  • Dealing with problems in the classroom (Solutions to common problems)
  • Classroom management (How to handle the most difficult students)
  • Classroom management tips
  • Writing your resume (How to outshine the competition even without experience)
  • Finding jobs (Where to look, how to avoid scams and crappy employers)
  • Culture shock
  • Final exam
  • TEFL certification

Inside each level or topic you will find a variety of content that includes video, text, images and audio followed by questions and occasional assignments.

To proceed to the next level you need to maintain a grade of 80% or higher.

Entrance exam

This quiz is pretty short and easy if you are a native speaker. I also tried to make the course as entertaining as possible. Learning should be fun or interesting because if it’s not then you wont learn!

The same can be said for your future students.

Lesson planning assignments

This course uses images from common student books. You will be most likely using books that are similar to this when you get abroad. This course includes 4 lesson planning assignments with feedback so you can correct any errors that you may make.

Here’s one assignment focused on teaching vocabulary. Before you do the assignment you will receive instruction on how to do so. The feedback adds a little reinforcement.

Small chunks of reading

If you looked at the research above you will see that many people don’t actually read much online. So unlike some other courses that may be entirely text or require reading large amounts of text before taking quizzes, ESLinsider delivers content in small bits as to not overwhelm you.

And frequently there are instructional videos which make learning more enjoyable, faster and easier.

The videos are then followed by questions such as true or false or multiple choice. And if needed you can go back to the video and watch it again.

Learn more about the latest research on online TEFL or learn more about ESLinsider’s advanced TEFL course.

When Is The Best Time To Take An Online TEFL Course?

When is the best time to take an online TEFL course? This is a question that I don’t actually see people ask often or consider. Most people take courses whether they are online or onsite BEFORE they start.

But is this actually the best time?

Well, it improves your resume as it gives you a qualification, but as far as the training goes I don’t think it is for a couple of reasons.

The first reason why is because you haven’t started teaching yet and you have nothing to work with or compare it to. At this point teaching is still an abstract concept.

The second reason why is that there’s going to be a gap in between the time when you complete the course and when you start your job. So that is not going to help your memory of the course material.

If the online TEFL course wasn’t any good then that’s also not going to help your memory.

On average it will probably be at least a couple of months in between when you finish the course and start working.

How long do courses allow access to the courses?

Well, it depends on the course. Most online courses allow less than 6 months. Here are a couple of examples.

So when is the best time to take an online TEFL course?

Now contrary to popular belief which is you take a course before you start teaching I would say that if you are going to take a course just one time then I would take it after you start.

Why?

Because you will have context. The material will seem less abstract to you. It will probably be more helpful too because you will remember more of it.

But don’t I need the certification to get a job?

You can get a job with an online TEFL certificate, but you can also get a job without any TEFL course.

But won’t my job be difficult if I don’t know what to do on the first day?

Sure, but I think it’s going to be a bit difficult either way. Ideally you should take a course before you start and then after again for review. Research shows that repetition and spaced intervals between studying leads to better memory and retention.

I don’t think your first week or so will be that easy regardless so yes, taking it before should help, but I think it will be much more helpful if you start after you start your job for the reasons mentioned above.

So now you know more about the best time. But what is the best online TEFL course?

Is an online TEFL course enough? What do you mean by enough?

Is an online TEFL course enough? What do you mean by enough? Do you mean can you get a job with an online TEFL? Or do you mean is it good enough for the training?

In my experience teaching in Asia: China, Korea, and Taiwan I would say that most schools there will accept online TEFL courses, however it does depend on the school.

The schools that don’t accept online courses are often more prestigious or in places like Europe or the middle east. Most first time teachers do not get into these schools anyways unless they have experience.

So despite what you might have heard having an in-class course is not going to make a big or any difference in your chances of getting a job or making more money. Having TEFL experience matters more.

The course is just a start.

Are online TEFL courses any good? Well, that is going to depend on the course as all online courses are not created equally. What you take away from a course or what you learn is going to depend on the course and you.

Is an online TEFL course for you?

  • Are you a self-directed learner?
  • Are you self disciplined?
  • Are you independent or introverted?
  • Do you want to control the pace?
  • Are you planning to teach abroad for just 1-2 years?

If your answers are mostly yes to those questions then an online TEFL course may be better for you compared to an onsite TEFL course.

Now let’s talk about the training.

Here’s why most online TEFL courses are not good enough

How do online TEFL courses work? Well, it depends on the course, but for a lower quality one you read passages and then take quizzes or answer multiple choice questions. Now you can learn by reading, but if you have no visual element to it you’re going to have an awefully hard time remembering what you are studying.

Studies show that people tend to only read 20-28% of a page. So if you only read that much then how much do you think you will remember?

If you don’t remember what you studied in a course then how well do you think you will teach?

You need a visual to learn how to teach. For me the best way to learn how to teach was by watching other teachers. Now you can do that in a classroom or you can do it online with video.

A higher quality course is going to use a lot of instructional videos because studies show that people learn better with video compared to text.

It’s also more interesting.

You may have read that online courses are useless or worthless, but the people who say those things typically fall into a few groups:

  • Traditional learners
  • CELTA snobs
  • They took a cheap/low quality Groupon TEFL course
  • They never took an online course and are just repeating what others say

If you read r/tefl on Reddit you will soon find out that many people there are pro-CELTA. CELTA is supposed to be a good course, but it’s not for everyone especially those who are not in it for the long run, don’t teach adults, don’t want to cram, or pay $2000.

On the other end of the spectrum on Reddit are those that recommend taking the cheapest online TEFL you can get so you can “check the box”.

These people are only focused on appearances and getting the job, but getting a job is just the beginning.

A cheap course is cheap for a reason. You tend to get what you pay for. As mentioned above you probably won’t get instructional videos, feedback or a quality course.

Going with a low quality/cheap course will likely continue the circle of people saying online courses are worthless. So yeah they are worthless if you take the wrong course just to get a job (“check the box”) and you don’t learn.

I think the biggest factor for a successful experience with an online course is to have a visual. You should watch other teachers teach the same or similar students as you are going to teach. If you teach kids then you need to watch other teachers teach kids.

If you teach adults then some stuff will transfer to kids, but not all and vice versa.

Here is an advanced course that is especially focused on teaching kids (5-14) in Asia.

Art shows

This is a resume of my art shows. It needs an update^^. It’s a little dated, but I wanted to put it somewhere before it vanishes.

I worked as an artist creating various pieces and projects for display in gallery exhibitions, juried exhibitions, magazine and newspaper publications.

You can see some of my art work here.

Solo Exhibitions

April 2001: “Exposure of Process”, Box Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
December 1998: Old Main Art Museum, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.

Group Exhibitions

March 2004: Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury, VT January 2001: Plan B Evolving Arts, Sante Fe, NM
September 2000: Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ. June 2000: Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
August 1999: Patricia Cameron Gallery, Seattle, WA. July 1999: Lead Gallery, Seattle, WA.
December 1998: Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
August 1998: Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ. June 1998: Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
Juried Exhibition:
April 2005: Stock 20 Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C
March 1998: 1st place award, Beasley Gallery, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.

Publications

March 2001: “The Reporter”, Sante Fe, NM
April 2001: “The Reporter”, Sante Fe, NM
April 2001: “THE”, Sante Fe, NM

Magazine?

June 2003: “Direct Art”, volume 8, New York, NY

Why doesn’t ESLinsider have any 3rd party reviews?

Are you searching for reviews of ESLinsider’s TEFL courses? Wondering why there aren’t any on 3rd party sites? O.k. that’s fair enough. Someone asked me this recently, so I thought I would share a bit why at the moment there aren’t.

If you are searching for reviews on ESLinsider then I’ll assume that you are also checking out other companies too and you have probably been to some review sites like:

  • gobroad.com
  • teflcoursereview.com
  • gooverseas.com

Those are affiliate sites. They make money by referral links and advertising. You have to create an account there before people can leave reviews on your course.

I did initially create an account with either the goabroad or the gooverseas site (can’t remember which one) a few years ago, but changed my mind and had it deleted for a few different reasons.

No, it wasn’t because of a bad review as I only had the account for like a week or two. But one reason was if I wanted a better position on their site and to be found there then I had to pay money.

Plus I was thinking, would it be better if I had reviews on another site or my own site?

So I decided to put the review software on my own site instead.

There are lots of affiliates in TEFL…

And chances are that you have come across them unknowingly. What that means is that a lot of the reviews that you may have read were written by someone who makes money by referring people to courses.

Once you click on their referral link which could be on sites like above or on blogs or a place like Quora you will be taken to another site and if you make a purchase on that site then the affiliate will make some money.

That’s fine if that’s what you want to do, but most people aren’t going to write a totally honest review if they are getting paid to do it and in many cases these people recommending these courses haven’t even taken the course.

Are paid reviews genuine?

Do a search in Google for these keywords:

  • tefl affiliates

And you will find a lot of companies – pages and pages of TEFL course companies that do this.

If you want to learn more about this then I recommend that you check out this article on TEFL affiliates.

Anyways…

ESLinsider doesn’t have an affiliate program. Maybe I could make more money doing that, but I just don’t like it.

I have read that many of the reviews written online are fake and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are plenty of fake reviews in the TEFL course world.

Fake reviews

  • Yelp estimates 25% of it’s reviews are fake. Source
  • This source suggests Amazon has 200+ million fake reviews.
  • Some companies may offer discounts to customers who write reviews. Source
  • Some companies hire PR firms or someone on Fiverr to write fake reviews that are either positive or negative. Source
  • Companies may manipulate their customers to write reviews. (see below)

I read a story on Reddit a few years ago (which I can’t seem to find now) about a girl who had to write a review of the TEFL company before they gave her a certificate.

So as you can see some TEFL reviews may be fake or manipulated in some way.

ESLinsider is small, but genuine

It’s not a large company or anything like that. It’s been up and online steady since 2011. It didn’t actually start as a course. It started with how-to videos and an ebook. There was no course until 2013. It offers online training and resources for teachers especially focused on teaching kids in Asia.

All the reviews that are written on my site are written by people who have taken courses there. I also kept some testimonials (2012-2016) which started long before I set up the reviews on my site in 2016.

As of right now there are 18 (5 star) reviews on ESLinsider and one with just a rating. She left a 4 star rating, but no written review. I did ask if she would add it as I don’t mind constructive criticism, but she didn’t. I ask people if they can leave a review when they finish the course, however they aren’t obligated to.

There I do say that I may delete a review if they don’t use their name and email used in the course. But I only say that to prevent possible trolls or evil competitors from writing a malicious fake review.

If you are interested I could possibly ask to offer you further contact with one of these reviewers. I’d imagine they would say that’s o.k.

Do you trust 3rd party reviews more?

Because who knows maybe the reviews on my site are fake. Right?

I have only had that reviews component on my site for maybe a year and a half or so. And I am learning that people may find 3rd party reviews more trustful, so as of recently I have mentioned that teachers could also leave a review on Youtube as videos seem more credible, but apparently there are even fake video reviews.


Read reviews of ESLinsider’s online TEFL courses or ask me a question.

Starting something new is difficult

It’s hard to start something new.

It’s hard to get there and getting there is the battle. Actually it’s not that the place you want to go to is worse, but the difficult part is getting there or making it through “The Dip” as Seth Godin says.

It happens everyday and there are a lot of ways that it manifests itself.

In my experience it’s hard to:

  • to work out.
  • to get to jiu-jitsu class.
  • to start a new project (video, art, article, etc.)
  • to change your habits.
  • to get ready for work.
  • to move.
  • to change.
  • to start anything new.

But really in so many cases it’s just starting. It’s not the actually thing. The hard part is just transitioning from where you are now to where you want to go.

And so much of it is in your head.

For the last 8 days or so I have been working on this video. And it started with inertia. There was a sort of dread and this ughh feeling cause I knew the first part of creating it would be boring.

But at some point you get over the hump and it becomes more fun.

I also mention at the end of the video getting out of your comfort zone. I show a picture that I got from Wikipedia. It shows 3 circles within one another.

  1. At the center you have your comfort zone
  2. Surrounding your comfort zone is the optimal performance zone
  3. And then surrounding that is the danger zone

The Crosswalk

Here’s the latest creative video that I made. I first did a little beatboxing, recorded it, looped it with my computer and then scratched over it with my turntables.

I also used a little sound sample from the crosswalk ticker and some footage around the neighborhood.

Lately I have been watching a lot of Jordan Peterson’s stuff. He is really interesting. I signed up for one of his courses online called self and future authoring.

Some of the questions that are asked in the future authoring course I added to the video. Something to think about.