I wouldn’t send my kid to TAS.[/quote]
[quote=“Jaboney”]Not going to be an issue for me (I hope), at least, not for some time, but why not?
(If not because of the parental political stuff mentioned on the blog.)
(Just curious… I’m way out of the loop.)[/quote]
For one thing, its way too expensive (for me). Yes, I know private schools in the States are as or more expensive than TAS. However, in the States my boy would attend a public school. Here, if I want my kid to attend an American school, I have no choice but to send him to a school with a private school price-tag… and I’m not on an “expat salary package”. The tuition has just about made enrollment at TAS for the children of those of us foreign nationals who are local hires rather than having been sent by our employer virtually impossible. As a result, TAS is, it seems, attended primarily by wealthy Taiwanese kids who have non-ROC passports and a few kids whose non-ROC national parents are here in Taiwan on short 2-3 year assignments.
I have nothing against the Taiwanese kids holding non-ROC passports attending TAS… but, it seems just not quite right that foriegn parents (and especially US citizen parents) who have settled in Taiwan for some duration haven’t the option to send their kids to TAS due to the exorbitant tuition.
Secondly, and this is just a feeling I get from viewing the TAS website, I see many of the teachers and parents and students as a bunch of elitest snobs. I don’t want my boy to study in such an environment, even if it is a good school, academically speaking. The attitude turns my stomach.