I've noticed some international schools mention it in the application process (to include a recent photograph). I have never really encountered this in the UK when applying for a teaching post in a school and i am struggling to see why this is important as a prerequisite for a teaching. What benefit does someones appearance have in their ability to be an effective educator? surely during an interview one can gauge if this is a good candidate or not after their application? The cynic in me suspects this is a tool used to filter and discriminate applicants based on looks/ race (and if this is the case it leaves a repugnant taste in my mouth that teaching institutions who are nurturing the next generation act like this) Someone please tell me i am wrong or shed some light on this?