I am thinking of sending the below to several schools locally, does anyone have any comments, suggestions or constructive advise they could add to this request please:
I am in a dilemma, do I bring my child up in an Asian Thai culture and environment academically, or with a western language and predominantly western thinking.
A lot of people tell me you simply can't have both, and that I have to make a decision one way or the other. A watershed moment.
So the reason I'm writing to you is as far as you are concerned does this have to be the case?
Is it simply not possible to have the best of both worlds?
I have some questions which I would be grateful if you could answer:
1) Are you concious and familiar of the syndrome Third Culture Kids, and if so what are you actively doing to alleviate it in your school?
2) Following some recent experiences I have been shocked at the literacy levels of Thais.
To the degree that they were unable to read, understand and write in their own language.
In the event that I was to consider sending my child to your establishment, would you be averse that I could test the level of your Thai speaking staff, with a written and oral test?
3) From what age do you start and expect to finish, that your students will be fully conversant in the Thai language orally and in writing?
4) What lessons, subjects and how many hours in total during the week, are devoted to being taught exclusively in the Thai language.
5) If your Thai staff had to pick five must read books in Thai by the age of ten, what would they be?
6) How do your Thai staff circle the dichotomy of face and the truth?
Interested what would happen if you sent the same letter around to schools in your home country....
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I understand your points perfectly, but sending it to Thai schools I think would be fruitless. Even if they read it - and I'm not belittling Thai staff when I suggest that they wouldn't - it's perhaps a wee bit direct and requires the reader to reflect and consider things; not a strong point with school management here.
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Here is one person that thinks that is bullshit.A lot of people tell me you simply can't have both, and that I have to make a decision one way or the other.
I'm sure you'll get plenty of responses mainly yes, yes and yes and your school fees will be 6000 dollars a term. Perhaps you could rephrase your questions using A,B,C and D to give admins a chance.
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I agree Russell. I think it's a very odd OP on all kinds of levels but to say any more would just be mean.
If I got this E.Mail I would suggest to the writer to get off his lazy arse and visit some schools. Patronising crap.
Looks like either the OP wasn't that interested in his own subject after all or he's buried himself under a stone having read the replies
Good. Silly idea.