Right, a couple of questions for thee (all and sundry that is): When we mention international schools are we talking about: 1. All international schools 2. International schools in countries where the majority of the population is not white Assuming 2... Could the reason for this be: 1. Because of the vestiges of colonisation producing within the population the association that white means better? 2. Because, with the historic association between skin colour and occupation in some developing countries (the darker the shade of one's skin, the greater the likelihood that one was a labourer out in the fields), lighter skinned individuals are what the parents aspire their offspring to be. Having lived in the Middle East, I am well aware of how brazenly racist those of a less than whiter complexion can be. As we all know, racism is an equal opportunity trait.