Here are some reasons why parents should start thinking of sending their children to an international school.
1. Children educated in an international school are trained to become open-minded individuals.
Learning and socializing together with children of different nationalities will give our children a holistic perspective of the diversities of this world. As early as the formative years, they learn, play, talk, and build bonds with children from different family backgrounds, culture, traditions, and religious affiliations. This exposure instills in them great values of respect and acceptance for people regardless of their race, religion, and skin color. This would also enrich and strengthen their love and understanding of their own culture.
2. Teaching is relatively personalized as compared to local, mainstream schools.
How is this possible? You may ask.
Classes never go beyond 15 students (at least in the international school I know). So within the time allotted for each subject, the teacher has ample time to look into individual student’s works and needs. With this class size, classroom management is far more easier, so most of the time is spent doing actual discussions and activities with the students.
3. Children are prepared to be globally competitive.
Our children will run this Earth. They are the future of this world. In this era, the world is the market. Businesses, companies, and industries are no longer confined within four walls. Together with this change, is the challenge to be competitive. Academic excellence is not enough. Being able to speak more than two languages including English is definitely an advantage. The ability to adjust, adapt, and deal with variety of situations involving diversities in attitude, perception, and values of people which may only be attained from years of exposure are important as the future looks like one big melting pot of culturally diverse individuals.
4. Children in an international school acquire English Language quicker.
The rate of language acquisition differs in each individual. But most often than not, environment exerts the bigger influence.
For Thai students, speaking English is a challenge. Cable and TV shows, magazines, newspaper, street banners and ads are 99% in Thai. The medium of instruction even in Bilingual schools is Thai. Movies and famous cartoon shows are translated to Thai.
In an international school, English is the medium of instruction in the classroom. It is the language used in the office, in the canteen, and in the playground. This is the best environment for Thai children to learn English.
If these reasons are important to you and are now planning of sending your kids to an international school, and you happen to live in Songkhla Thailand, or moving to Songkhla, or living in nearby cities, I might be of help. I know of a reasonably, affordable, child-oriented international school here. Please send me a personal message at MitchRyan’s Blog or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. ^_^
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