Got a call from a colleague living in India today enquiring about some schools in London. His daughter is 6 years old and he is contemplating putting her in a 10,000/year nursery school in London.
When it comes to kids and schooling, there is clearly one common trait across the world – people are passionate about this and will go any lengths/do anything to fit their lives around a supposedly “good” private schools.
It appears that these “good” private nursery and high schools share a few common traits that sets them apart from other schools:
- The schools are highly selective and admit kids only after a rigorous elimination process.
- They offer seats to kids who can play Piano/Violin very well.
- They teach horse riding at school.
- They have a wonderful uniform.
- They have interactive whiteboards and latest gadgetry in all classrooms.
- They have a media centre/in house TV studio.
- It costs approx. 150k for 12 years in a private school in UK. In a flat-world, this child still needs to compete with other kids across the globe who finish their 12 years in schools at less than one-tenth of this cost.
- Private schools, in general, give better quality education. Like every school system, not all kids are equally benefited - the real question is, was it worth 10-15 times as much others are paying?