Hi, I’m an expat mom living in Taipei, and I recently read the thread about whether or not to send your kids to the local public schools. As an elementary school teacher from NYC, I am very wary about sending my children (one is 2.5 and one will arrive in Dec.) to the local schools. However, my financial situation isn’t such that I can afford to send my kids to TAS. In addition, I would like my children to learn Mandarin, as well as the local culture. I was wondering if there are any other families in my situation who would be interested in setting up some kind of cooperative Montessori-based alternative school, or if you would send your children to such a school if it existed. This school would focus on child-centered learning and on supporting all aspects of a child’s education to build indepedent, well-rounded, well-adjusted future adults. This is in contrast to the rote memorization and conformity in local schools. I would like instruction to be mostly in Mandarin, but with some subject instruction in English, as well.
Please let me know if you or someone you know of may be interested in a venture such as this, or if you know anything about how I can put this idea into action.