选择恐惧症= selective phobia
How do you select a school? 如何择校（国际学校）?
This is an excerpt taken from a speech that renowned educational expert, Andy Zhang, has done a few times regarding school selection.
“Assuming you are one of those parents that probably have bought every book out there, spent the past 3 months attending every school open house there is and even those in neighboring cities and can memorize every single school and its address, then here’s one very useful tip I can offer.
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Then I hear many parents actually ask me,‘wait, why on earth would I actually do that? I am no closer to selecting a school for my child than I was 3 months ago. What’s more, my child is just as clueless as I am as to which school he/she wants to go to’
Well, it doesn’t take an expert to guess why you are still stuck on selecting schools. People tend to display traits of selective phobia when offered too many options, especially when no option stands out or there are multiple solid contenders, which is almost always the case in school selection. So, relax you already have more than enough options and it is time to sit down and analyze properly and stop reading articles emphasizing why this and that school will turn your kids into child prodigies overnight.
So, then what key factors should contribute to a proper school selection? They are learning styles, social environment and the school mission. Other factors such as facilities and school fees are definitely vital as well, but they are considered a school’s exterior feature and not its core element.
The learning style of a school is key here, and perhaps at an even more micro-level which is the approaches of different department and teachers. Instead of staying passive and continue getting bombarded by school advertisements, you should actively research this. Do they tend to incorporate a lot of group presentations in their learning? Are they more final exam focused or do they split into multiple quizzes? Do visual learners tend to excel at that particular school? This is just a small list of questions you should draw up.
This is one area which I feel most parents cannot confidently answer before sending their kids into an entirely new learning environment. If you do not even understand the learning preferences of your child, then there is no way of making sure a particular school is the“right fit”for him or her. While it is great for the kid to be able to make friends with similar backgrounds, the purpose of a school first and foremost is a learning institution.
Social environment is of course critical, the general vibe of the school is quite important because while you may think it is simply a group of kids interacting with one another, imagine working at a company where everyone speaks, dresses and acts a certain way and you are the odd one out, how would you feel? Now put yourselves in the shoes of your child, who is yet to even reach the age of maturity, and this issue is magnified exponentially.
Many clients when seeking out new vendors to work with tend to scrutinize very closely its mission to see if it aligns with what they are looking for. A company’s mission usually describes their approach to doing things and what they can ultimately deliver. A parent selecting schools for their child should be no different 。
Furthermore, seeking out advice from those with more experience and especially professionals will greatly aid school selection, but beware of professionals that claim to be an expert in international education without ever attending one themselves. They may have all the experience in the world operating and running international schools, but without attending one they can never think from a student’s perspective, which like I said is the most important because it is your child attending this school after all.
Finally, in this day and age simply attending school is not sufficient for an all-round experience. The very reason why many parents elect to send their children to an international education learning environment is to broaden their horizons, and this can only be done through co-curricular activities, which constitutes the majority of most of my other speeches for parents and schools.”
- Multicultural and multilingual: Grew up and lived in a number of countries, American-born Chinese - （Third Culture Kid） 多文化和多语言: 在多个国家成长和居住；美籍华人 - 典型第三文化人士(TCK)
- Leader in empowering corporate training and recruitment professionals with assessment methodologies and project-based learning andragogy 为企业培训和招聘人士提供领先评估体系和游戏化的项目式学习的职场教学法的领袖
- Decade of experience in education and training, and expert in China 十年以上的学生教育和企业培训的经验: 并被很多本土和国外人士称为“中国通”
- Regular community event organizer with expertise in workplace gamification for employees 定期社区活动的组织者: 游戏化员工体系的主题
- UC Berkeley Alumni Club Ex-Leader and Recruitment Ambassador 毕业于世界名校加州伯克利大学并担任校友俱乐部前任负责人和前任招生大使
- Third-party Interviewer for College Admissions 美国第三方面试官 (很多大学现在需要学生在提交申请书与第三方机构进行面试)
- Helped build a number of college admissions counseling departments 负责搭建多个海外升学指导中心
- Unlike most “education experts”, personally attended more than a dozen schools growing up and personally went through the AP, IB, British, Singaporean and Hong Kong education systems相比其他所谓的“教育专家”，从小上过十几所学校，亲自体验过AP、IB、英国、新加坡和香港的教育制度