- Does anyone know about home-schooling, alternative education (eg. Steiner, Montessori, etc.), or serious private schooling (ie. schools that don’t simply do a more intense version of the already inane Taiwanese way, but those that do, for instance, the I.B.) in this country?[/quote]
Sorry this is such a late reply. I never saw this until I was just digging around.
I’m not familiar with any Steiner schools, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist here in Taiwan. There are plenty of options for Montessori schools. The hard part is that they’re still considered after school programs AND the 1-3 graders still have an insane amount of homework to do. Many schools run a good elementary program, but it’s still stuck being in the context of the children having to finish their homework first, at least from what I have seen. Montessori schools are finally coming together to work to change that, but it’s not likely to happen any time soon. Right now, we’re working on creative ways to still have some Montessori, despite the challenges.
For 3-6, (Pre-K and K) the story is the same as any other place there is Montessori: Check it out. Be sure to take a long observation. Many schools have the materials and let the children work, but they don’t get the full 2.5-3 hour free work period. This has a big impact on the school day and concentration levels for the child. So you might see students working when you visit, but they might be working for 1/2 hour or 45 minutes, then stopping. I’m saying that as a caution no matter where you look…it’s not a Taiwan caution, but a Montessori one.