Since the day you got to know that you were going to be a parent, you’ve only dreamed about giving the best to your child. Haven’t you? And a big part of this ‘best’ has also been the right education and schooling.
Inevitably all parents face a dilemma when choosing the right school and mode of schooling for their child. Yet, somewhere, though their heart knows what’s best for their child, a lack of clarity can take over their better judgment.
To save you from such a situation, we are dispelling 5 major myths about boarding schools that keep parents from giving the most crucial ‘best’ ever – a hostel life – to their children:
Myth 1: Boarding schools are expensive
When your child stays with you, you don’t take into account expenses towards food and stay. Hence, the number seems a lot when you look at the fees towards lodging and boarding in schools. But the truth is that many boarding schools receive grants and forward it to meritorious students or needy families as scholarships and reduces tuition fees.
Alternately, set the fees off against the all-round development that boarding schools provide for your child and it won’t seem expensive at all!
Myth 2: I will not be able to keep in touch with my child
Boarding schools appreciate the need for family values and understanding of one’s own culture. Hence, they encourage children keeping in touch with their families through the Internet and other means. There are scheduled breaks and weekends when parents and family members may visit the hostlers.
Myth 3. Children may not get introduced to various cultures
Boarding schools have a diverse population because children from various locations come and live together. This gives every student an opportunity to understand, learn and accept other cultures and ideas. Boarding schools are a great platform to inculcate open and tolerant minds that are important qualities of good leaders.
Myth 4. Boarding schools are very strict
Boarding schools take on the complete responsibility of your child’s well being, safety and development. Hence, they follow disciplines and operate on rules. However, that does not take away the fun from the hostel life. In fact, children who go to boarding schools have deeper friendships, more engaging experiences and loads of fun stories to share when they grow up!
Myth 5. Boarding schools are for troublemakers only
This is a big no-no. Boarding schools are for everyone. Yes, sometimes parents find themselves ill equipped to discipline and train their children due to their circumstances and they take support from boarding schools to do the same, but these are only a few cases. Largely, parents choose boarding schools for the 360-degree development and opportunities that they offer students.
Your child’s future is all that matters and it is important that when you decide about it, you are free from any judgments and notions of any kind. The best way to do so in this regard is to visit a boarding school and assure your self that you are making the right decision. And we, at Ivy League would be more than happy to help you reach the best decision for your child.