Sometime ago I wrote a post on the Laughing Coyote School (click here for the comments), one of the most bizarre schools in Mexico, and perhaps the world, in existence. They tick all the wrong boxes. Unprofessional? Check. Dishonest? Check. A bit crazy? Check. Their website gives off enough alarm bells and flashing red lights with it’s iffy content, but even that could not match the comments posted across various sites by Paloma and Jeremy as far as warning signs go.
So in the odd six months since that post, what has changed? Their website went down when they forgot (or couldn’t afford) to pay for the renewal of their domain, although eventually it returned. Despite promises, the website hasn’t been updated to add the Spanish language section, nor have the numerous spelling mistakes in the English section been corrected. The Black List is still there, much to the amusement of everyone who reads it – really guys, with your far fetched comments attached, there is no international English school in the world who is going to read that and come away with any other impression than it is you who suffer mental health issues.
Despite promises, no proper evidence was ever produced by Jeremy to back up his claims regards those teachers. Despite promises, their ‘unusual’ Chomsky training program has never seen the light of day. Despite many promises, nothing has really been achieved. But on the plus side, it seems, according to reports from various people, that their network of schools have all closed bar one. They no longer have any native speaking English teachers employed, excluding Jeremy. Their reputation is mud, and the quagmire it lies in gets deeper and more stagnant by the day.
But I will take my hat off to Jeremy in one respect. He is consistent. Even as the ’empire’ collapsed around him, he continually commented that ‘everything was better than ever’. As each school closed, a feeble excuse was given followed by claims that they were ‘breaking enrollment records’. Even as it became obvious it would be impossible for a new English teacher to miss the numerous warning posts about this school, they were ‘inundated with applications’. Although he did mention, as an advance defence, that they weren’t going to employ any of them. In other words, they aren’t inundated with applications, but shhhhh!
And when I had a browse of their website earlier today I noticed a ‘Best year ever 2009’ news item. Now, Jeremy….no one believed you before. But this is convincing! If it’s posted on a website, it must be true….!