The enigma called International schools Or Concept schools
We in India add either of these nomenclatures to our schools very commonly.
May be because of our centuries old fascination for all that is ‘foreign’ and our misbelief that anything international is better than our own national status.
The graffiti on our walls and the hoardings above our heads scream about International schools, Global Schools, Planet school ( I am still waiting for a universe school or an alien school) or Concept schools.
I was always wondering as to what qualifies a school to be international or a concept based school !
Thanks to the IBO conference at Singapore that I attended last week, my fellow participants who are working in International schools have thrown some light into what can be called as an International school !
A school is not an international school unless it has students of different nationalities.
‘International Schools’ are those where children of expatriates study along with some nationals of the country it is located in.
Some international schools may have the national system of education, with IB methodology or IGCSE or a Cambridge affiliation.
A school that has IGCSE or Cambridge or IBPYP or MYP or DP but all the students are locals, then I suppose it need not be called as an international school but a school which offers international programmes.
Silver Oaks The School of Hyderabad need not call itself as ‘international’ because we do not have any foreign nationals. NRIs are plenty but at the end of the day they are Indians.
We are a school implementing the IBPYP methodology .
Our uniqueness lies in being the first school to take up IBPYP for a homogeneous group of middle and upper middle class at the lowest cost any IB school is charging in the entire world.
Perhaps we are the only functioning school to have taken up this kind of transformation.
To create a learning environment where nearly 1500 young people learn concepts above the content entitles us to call ourselves the concept school.
But this nomenclature has been so misused that we would not like to have it.
We have mastered the art of balancing the national curriculum and the transdisciplinary approach to learning with great ease.
With IB Primary Years Program in the Junior School and the CBSE in the Senior School we are emerging as a leadership school with one more step ahead-
The + 1 step with Grade XI from the 2010-11 session !
Inspite of all this I thank God that we can remain the humble and modest 'Silver Oaks The School of Hyderabad ' !
THE GREAT INDIAN IIT MELA
Education being on the concurrent list in our Constitution, both States and Centre organized their own Boards which actually led into further division of education than providing localized education.
Many states went into accommodating local needs and in the bargain ended up closing the wider gates to their students.
In AP a different kind of localization has gained prominence.
SSC has been branded as if it has the most extensive math and science.
This has been manipulated by the local private schools who mastered the art of coaching students with rote learning.
Extensive publicity on local results led the parents to believe that AP has a special place in IITs and Engineering colleges. And the few who make it to IITs are talked about as if they are the only ones to have gone there.
The fact is that 650 engineering colleges are here in AP out of the nearly 2300 engineering colleges in the country. Obviously everyone will get a seat because the colleges have to fill their seats.
Authentic sources say that 90% of the students who clear the IIT entrance are either CBSE or ICSE students. Rest of the 10% are from different state boards of the country.
The aggressive publicity of the corporate colleges misguide people into believing that anyone who joins them can walk into IITs. This year 4 lakh students are appearing for the IIT entrance from all over the country and out of that 80000 are from AP.
If we research is done I am sure we will come to know how many out of these are walking into the IITs. Aiming high is right but aiming for it without any aptitude is not right.
I heard that these corporate colleges charge minimal fee or no fee for the 2 yrs of Intermediate, if a student gets above 90% in 10th !
Robinhood used to rob the rich and pay the poor.
These corporate colleges rob the mediocre students and pay the above 90% students and in the end none of them make it to the IITs.
Emotions run high and sentiments take charge of parents. They feel it is their parental duty to provide the coaching.In fact the publicity is so convincing that parents cannot see beyond the 2 yrs coaching centers in intermediate.
Colleges only coach how to write for the entrance exams and when the student does not clear he is like ‘dobhi ka kutta- na ghar ka na ghat ka’. 2 years of rote learning will actually stint the thinking skills of these students. They come out like unfeeling robots.
Gullible people are led to believe that AP has a strong edge.
How publicity can mislead people !