Hello Everyone, how are you doing? How is it going? It’s the weekend.
Becoming a parent has created several questions in my mind especially as to how to train my children to be respectful and contributing members of society. I always ask God to help me train emotionally intelligent, smart, respectful and humble children that will grow into sensible adults. Notice I didn’t say perfect.
One issue that is coming into play as they have turned one is the choice of school. My children are 13 months today and I always assumed I wanted them to go to a particular school. I wanted them to go to school as legacies. The school their father attended – its a high quality school no doubt.
In the last 4 or so months though I have started leaning towards a multilingual school. Which probably ranks similarly in terms of quality as the legacy school. However of course as with all things, I can’t seem to find any sort of proper opinion on schools. All I find online is complaints about cost of schools or articles about “25 most expensive schools in Lagos”. There is no real information about quality or ranking (someone needs to start a ranking business and do it properly – I would pay money for this type of information. To be able to make a proper school decision based on quantitative measures! I picked my university based on US News Rankings).
My question to parents and potential parents, how did you or are you planning to pick schools for your children? What is important to you? Barring cost/affordability.
For me I am interested in quality of care, attention to children (child to adult ratios), proximity to home, quality of the learning process and experience ( don’t teach the kids to memorize or learn a bunch of abstract junk). I am not worried about my kids coming first frankly- to me thats not important…I am more worried about ability to understand, interact and communicate.
I lean towards a multilingual school for several reasons- the more languages you speak, the more comprehensive your thought process (when you can’t understand somehing in one language, you think about it in another – ask Harvard, they have done the studies). Being multilingual has several other advantages and essentially opens up the world to them in almost native ways (being able to speak French makes it far easier to function in France than a non-native English speaker). The downside to the multilingual school is the report comes in one of the languages they teach the kids (So I must learn to read the report before my kids are able to lie to me and read me rubbish)😂