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I have written much over the last two months about schooling fees in Thailand and what is best for my kids, I even considered relocating back to the UK over the matter. A local blogger in Hua Hin who worked as a teacher in Bangkok picked up on the story and sent me a very useful blog on what to ask when visiting schools. You can read more blogs from Scott Beecham on his own blog site www.bloghuahin.com.
“There has been a fair bit floating around social media recently regarding what’s best for your child when it comes to education and schooling. A lot of the discussion I have read has centred around schooling in Thailand vs Schooling in the west and Thai Schools (government and private) vs International Schools. The school you choose obviously has a large impact on your child’s development and it’s more than advisable to give it serious time and consideration. This is an area in which I am qualified and have a fair bit of experience of here in Thailand so here’s what I feel to be a list of essential questions worth considering when choosing a school, not only in Thailand but everywhere. I’ll do my best to best to be as impartial and as least opinionated as I can be, but I obviously have beliefs and fairly strong sentiments in this area.
What curriculum does the school follow and how is the curriculum structured?
I could write at length on this point but I think a lot of what it boils down to is this: is the curriculum more progressive or more traditional? Many of the countries that are considered to be world leaders in education (the UK, Singapore) are actually still implementing very traditional curricula; possibly to do with the fact that they are very much controlled and regulated by the government who often appoint a secretary of education who has no qualification in the field. You can compare these countries with a country such as Finland where they trust their teachers, pay them well and implement very progressive student-centred curricula.
What are the school’s key values and how are they applied?
This relates closely to the point above. What does the school want their students to be? Look for some key words / phrases such as: creative, critical thinkers, active, independent, imaginative.
How much time do students spend in the classroom every day?
I’ve always swayed towards the opinion that kids aren’t meant to be shut up indoors all day and we certainly shouldn’t expect them to sit quietly and be passive. This is asking for trouble and I’ve seen first hand how detrimental to learning this is.
What extra curricular activities are on offer?
Again, closely related to the point above. After school activities are a great way for kids to hone their skills and interests in certain areas and of course, to have fun.
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