AoL Teachers Finally Waking Up and Asking Questions
by Ex-AOL Teacher
Teachers Refresher Meet or Sales Seminar? My cousin who is an AOL teacher in Singapore shared the happenings in the recent TRM in Bali. I motivated and inspired her to become a teacher but have left the AOL scene since the last six years.
She is one dedicated teacher who would not hear anything negative about AOL though very subtly I have tried to talk to her to read this blog and get an objective view of AOL. But good to say that this TRM has opened her eyes and mind to what AOL actually is.
The TRM was just a platform to brainwash the teachers – each teacher paid USD500 to attend this TRM, my question is why should teachers pay when they work so hard to fill the coffers of AOL. The first day Guruji was apparently justifying the existence of this blog – he said that there was a lady who threatened to post negative articles on a blog if she was not paid USD3000 a month.Guruji said she was a bipolar and that she should not have been allowed to do the course. AOL refused to pay the money and hence this blog was born. My cousin said it seemed like Guruji was doing a lot of damage control.
According to my cousin, the rest of the TRM was talking about challenges – some countries talked about lack of transparency, AOL was a fraud organisation and a cult etc. Guruji debunked all this and in his smart and witty way made the teachers feel guilty of even thinking of AOL in these terms.
Countries talked about their achievements – applauses and accolades like it is done in an annual multi level marketing sales seminar.
Planning for the ensuing year – all talk was about numbers,no discussions on how to improve teaching skills or how to genuinely take up service projects – everything was to do with how to increase the number of participants in every country.
When I heard this, realisation dawned upon me that AOL is slowly loosing its clout – people are beginning to question and debate the claims, one cannot cheat people all the time, the truth is bound to prevail, AOL is dying a slow death and its just a matter of time when its glories will be a thing of the past.
I accept that the organisation has a lot of faults,having said that I still have a very soft spot for Guruji