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It's only been three weeks, but I'm noticing a major trend so far. Kids at HIS don't miss class. They're in school every day, and when it's the rare period where a student is absent, they take steps ahead of time to find out what they'll miss.

Pure speculation on my part, but it seems to be what's being paid for versus what's free. Parents here write a big check for their child's education as opposed to parents in the states taking it for granted. I have yet to have a kid miss a class and not know about it ahead of time.

Yesterday I got two emails. One each from a parent and a student letting me know that today Celia wouldn't be in class. They both asked what they should work on, what we were doing in class, and what the homework would be. Ok, but it gets weirder. I get an email in the morning each day from the upper school secretary. The email has a list of the students that are going to be absent today. Seriously. Today there will be five students absent from grades 6 to 12.

Another education topic: tutors. About 70% of our students here at HIS have a private tutor. Most students meet with their tutor for two hours three to five times per week. If they have homework completed they get bonus material. I have a boy in my 10th grade class that knows everything we've covered so far. I think he could take the final and ace it right now. No joke. So the obvious question is why is he in my class? HIS won't let students into classes intended for older students, ever. They keep peer groups together no matter what. The young man has asked for other material and I've obliged him. He's preparing for the final Diploma Programe tests in two years. He's going to be fine.

Final note about the tutors. It's not all good. I get the feeling the tutors complete a lot of work for students that struggle. Not good. When test time rolls around...

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Sep 21, 2022

Yes on tutors. I've mentioned to parents at open house that I'm not a big fan of parents helping kids, cause it's too easy to just show them how to do it instead of helping them figure it out.

When I was a kid if I said I felt sick my mum decided if it was real (100º+ fever for example) or just me not wanting to go to school. If the latter she would send us to school and tell us to go see the nurse at recess if we still didn't feel well. She'd come pick us up. Needless to say 99/100 we felt fine by the time we were playing with our friends at recess.


Fascinating. Definitely think there is something to the free vs pay situation. Wonder how different it is at their public schools. We also have a significant current of anti-education, viewing it as elitist and liberal. If Fox news is playing at your house every day, I can't imagine you have much respect for public education.

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Point well taken. I do think there are many conservatives, especially in more rural areas, who are suspicious of public school, and certainly of higher education. It is viewed as liberal and elitist. Fox News constantly attacks public schools. If you are impressionable and hear that daily, I would think it would have a detrimental impact on your views of public school.

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