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Why do international schools want to adopt the national curriculum at all?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by ravenscroft2, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. ravenscroft2

    ravenscroft2 New commenter

    I wonder why any developing country would want to teach their young people in a foreign language and a curriculum devised by forigners ? It does seem stem back to the bad old days of the colonial 20th century....
  2. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    English-language (American) is the language of business. The parents that can afford the school fees want their children to take over their office and English in needed for exporting and importing to the west.

    Also the British Empire was very successful for at least 300years. One of the greatest exports from England was the Public school education, which is deemed to be the gold standard even today.
  3. makhnovite

    makhnovite Established commenter

    "forigners", "seem stem back," "colonial 20th century".

    Maybe to teach them some spelling, grammar/sentence construction and to correct historical inaccuracies!!!

    And of course to teach them a range of skills and creatve thinking rather than focus on content and rote learning as their own education systems tend to do.

    And in addition - What feb31 said!!!
  4. 576

    576 Established commenter

    Because they see it as a stepping stone to going to a British university.
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  5. ejclibrarian

    ejclibrarian Established commenter Community helper

    Quite a few students at my school have at least one parent from the US or Europe and they want their kids to have a western style education. For the locals who can afford it, they want their kids to go to universities in Europe or the US, so they prefer to give them a leg up by sending them to an institution where they will learn in English.
  6. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    Because it's what the big universities understand. If you're applying to, say, Harvard or Oxford, they know and understand A levels and how a student will have been taught. If you apply with - for example - the Chinese school leaving certificate (or whatever it is) and are competing with students with A levels (or IB, or even Scottish Highers) you will be at a clear disadvantage.
  7. ravenscroft2

    ravenscroft2 New commenter

    Having taught in China, I advised students to transfer over to the excellent Chinese school down the road. They then could go on to the excellent Chinese universities. Why would they bother with class driven,old colonial Europe?
  8. ejclibrarian

    ejclibrarian Established commenter Community helper

    Because Europe has top universities that provide world class educations. Not everyone thinks the way you do. There is nothing wrong with universities in China, but if they want to go somewhere else, having high levels of English academic skills will stand them in good stead.
  9. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    Clearly OP has some ulterior motive here. I'm guessing not being able to find a job.

    If you can't understand why someone would send their student to an English speaking international school with internationally recognised qualifications then I can't help you
  10. makhnovite

    makhnovite Established commenter

    And of course because the gaokao is murderously competitive as well as being based mainly on hours of rote learning and memorising. So those who are below the top 1% who get in to the best Chinese universities through the gaokao can actually have a pleasnt learning experience and get into to the top universities in the US and the UK with their IB and A levels!!!

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