I did not think that talking about schools would generate this kind of passionate debate. My personal view is that aggressive comments are not better than promotional comments.
When parents are consulting this website / blog it is to be able to share or read experiences of other parents, this is not about politics... The three pages of threads on ICA look more like transcripts of a political debate (not all of the threads though)...
Of course I have no lessons to give... I simply would like to share my frustration as a parent who after all, feels that unlike other countries, Hong Kong is a place where education has become a very strange business made of rules set by the suppliers, not the customers... I am always surprised to see that we all subconsciously or consciously decided to play this game.
I am not saying that I am more brave than others. I am not planning to initiate a parents movement or anything like this, but I was hoping that this kind of website could be a real place for sharing, collaboration and support.
If anyone has a good school to recommend, one with the following criteria ticked:
- a school where my kid will have a real positive experience for year 1;
- a crucial year, decisive year (year 1) where she/he will make her/his mind and opinion on what school is, what is in it for her/him, and most probably decide to either love or hate learning - and hopefully decide that school is good!
- a school where she/he will be and feel safe
We may make the choice for ICA for next year and hope everything will go well. If any parents have real negative experiences or good tips to share to have a good start there... this would be very nice to read (in fact choice needs to be made today).
My experience visiting the school was positive. good atmosphere, good size (not too big for our little ones), I loved to see the art work done by the pupils (writing stories, drawings, sculptures). Nice staff and teachers. Good diversity. Good location. Fair fees. Good communication with parents. Recommended by my kids kindergarden.
Thanks a lot.