What are the practical issues facing a foreigner with a young child in Thailand? What are the problems? What are the costs? How do these things differ for those with a Thai spouse compared to those with a spouse who is not Thai?
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schooling has to be the big one doesn't it. you might not be happy sending your kid's to 'thai' schools but international schools are beyond the affordability of most teflers...
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He's right. Schooling is the one thing that concerns me to be honest and my girl's not one yet! The price of good eductaion here is very high, the cost of average eductaion is high enough. It's something to think about - especially when you consider what's on offer for free back home in the UK.
Excuse me for not taking this seriously .....
for god's sake people, Your teachers-- ever hear of home schooling??????
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it's kind of difficult to home-school a kid whilst you're out everyday working...teaching.
Sorry mate, I work a full-time job!
I'm in a similar situation. It is my biggest concern and I'm seriously considering getting back to a country with an education system that provides decent quality at more affordable rates.Originally Posted by defender
I have considered home-schooling. It could be done by someone with the right schedule. In other countries there are networks of home-schooling parents who can share materials and sometimes even teaching duties. Is there anything like that here?
Don't think so!
I know some people who send their kids to school here and then "top it up" at home with extra stuff in the evenings I guess. Seems like a good idea, but not much fun for them (or us) when we have to get the books out in the evenings.
For ages 5-10 a good Thai school is fine, and they get all the basics and more math and science than they would back home. Plus they become bilingual. Thats whats up with me. My kids spoke no Thai and I put them in Thai first grade after bad experiences with mid level Int. Schools. But when they finish sixth grade I will either put them in a Biligual school, or a heavy EP program. Or I may have to take them home. There is no emphasis on History, Geography, or Literature in Thai schools.
Plus I do home schooling, about 10 hours a week. No recognized program yet, but if they stay here we will register for some home schooling.
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Ten hours of one on one time should do wonders. Even in a great school with small class sizes that is a ton more one on one time that your kids would get. I think active parental involvement can have a greater overall impact than school quality.Originally Posted by aging one
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without a doubt! why do you think so many thai kids are fucked up? because mummy and daddy expect their schools to 'parent' them...Originally Posted by Sanuk Canuk
Thats a world wide problem now mate. Both parents working. When you go back to the UK are you gonna make enough money so your wife is a housewife?? When you do have a kid your expenses go way way up.
I think it's doable here but obviously will depend on the parents and also if you get lucky with a 'Thai' school (there are some that have good teachers). I've found a highly recommended one near me (thanks to Khun Khrun).
As AO says though not much different elsewhere....and at least they seem to learn a bit of respect and shit here.
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..or the fact that education costs are covered, along with annual airfares to your home country, if you work somewhere other than Thailand.Originally Posted by defender
The choice isn't just between Thailand or your home country.
Personally I wouldn't want to inflict bangkok like on a pet, never mind a child.
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Really? I think my kid's much better off here than in Reading (and I live in a nice area).