I gave two reasons for not wanting to send my child to TAS. The first was due to the high cost of tuition. The second reason was that IMO many of the school teachers, students and administration illustrate snobbish elitism.
Subsequently, Dr. C inquired as to whether there might be foreign children who would like to attend TAS but who cannot due to the high tuition. I replied that I suppose there are such children (parents of such children).
Dr. C indicated that he would be discussing the matter of scholarships with TAS administration, and that perhaps such a program might be able to help introduce more native English speakers to TAS. I don’t see why I should not be interested in the outcome of any such discussion. I have not indicated that I would send my child to TAS even if such scholarships were provided resulting in a substantial increase in the enrollment of native English speaking students.
I doubt very much that TAS would be open to, or able to implement such a scholarship program that would allow a substantial number of native English speaking students to enroll… but, if it did implement such a program, perhaps what I see as an elitest snob factor would be reduced?
In any event, why should I not show an interest in a program that might benefit the children of other foreign parents/children? I don’t expect everyone to share my opinion regarding TAS elitism… as I said, that is only my perception.
My child currently attends one of the other “international” schools and it is unfortunately nearly as expensive as TAS. However, the culture of the school my boy attends is, IMO, quite different from that of TAS.
So, to answer your second question, unless the scholarship program resulted in a substantial increase in the enrollment of native English speaking children of foreign local-hire parents who cannot now afford the TAS tuition and this in turn resulted in a changing of the TAS culture as I perceive it, yes, I would indeed have a problem sending my boy to TAS.
I think that depends entirely on the particular child and the particular school. I went from a public grade school to a private grade school and then back to a public school at the high school level. I had no problems with any of my transfers and remain friends even today with classmates from both the public and private school systems.
Has it never occurred to you that some of us have for a variety of reasons come to Taiwan for an expected limited duration and fully expect to return to the US at some time in the future, and that in the meantime, we have married and started families, but when we return to the US our children will need to enter the US school system? I’m not trying to “promote American culture” in Taiwan. But, I do want to prepare my child for when he eventually returns to the US and the American school system.
Yes. And I think it would be nice if all Americans living in Taipei and who wished to do so could send their children to the American School in Taipei. Currently, that is not an option for many American parents living in Taipei.