If you can afford it, choose an international school

By Bui June 10, 2022 | 10:13 p.m. PT

Children study in a classroom of an international school. Photo courtesy of the school

I don’t want my child to feel pressure to grow up. I am willing to spend on his education in an international school, and I will have no regrets.

People think that spending 800 million VND ($34,500) a year to study in an international school is xenophilic. I do not think so. My own daughter is studying at an international school, and while it’s not that expensive, it’s not cheap either.

My partner and I don’t expect her to be hugely successful or top of the line in the future. All we want is to give him the knowledge and confidence to thrive in life, whether in Vietnam or outside.

Our daughter attended both public and private institutions throughout primary school, but recently after joining an international school, I have seen a remarkable improvement in her confidence and communication skills.

Every day after class, she is happy and excited about the extracurricular activities and life skills lessons she receives.

I think I spend my money wisely. As long as our daughter is thriving in school, it’s worth it. Going to an international school is only a problem if you cannot afford it or if your child is not capable enough for it. But if you can, go ahead and pay. Believe me, I have no qualms.

I always appreciate the effort that teachers put into doing their job, whether in public or private school. But there is simply no comparison between a public school and an international school when it comes to quality. A classroom in a public school typically has 40-50 students, and so we cannot expect teachers to take care of every student as well as they can in a class with a smaller number of students. students. This is also a reason why many public school students have to take extra lessons.

A class in an international school has only about 25 students. My daughter’s class has 22 students and 11 teachers to take care of the different subjects. A better teacher/student ratio means better management and better teaching quality.

Our daughter is an only child, so we were very loving and protective. She’s a nice girl, but she sometimes lacks self-confidence and is a bit shy. During her years in a public school, she was afraid to talk to teachers or speak in front of the class. The teachers at her current school knew this and helped her overcome it. They had lunch with her to get rid of her fear and organized activities with children from other classes so that she could improve her communication skills. After three years in school, I was happy to see the obvious improvement.

As parents, we all want the best for our children. We have to give them the best opportunities we can offer without worrying about what other people think. We all raise our children differently, but I don’t believe that growth requires pressure and pain. It’s okay if our daughter doesn’t make it; we just want her to have joy in her life.

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