A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Manila, Philippines
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Thank you very much for your thoughtful and astute comments about culture shock. I quickly noticed that you stated that "It's a good time to be getting out of the USA." I love the US (I was a Peace Corps volunteer, a Marine officer stationed overseas, a health administrator, and then retired as a university teacher.), but I knew it was time for me to leave years ago. It is my opinion that the United States continues to truly struggle economically, socially, politically, culturally, and globally. I am particularly sad for the *millions* of well educated, young, unemployed, underemployment, health-uninsured youth of our nation. It's hard to sustain the belief that the US is a superpower any more. For me.... I've been living in east Africa for a few years now. About language: It helped me a great deal to learn the language where I reside and, as I will be re-retiring to the Philippines soon, I wish to learn Filipino. Learning the language is "country respect" issue for me; connects me with people; and helps me really learn the culture. Anyway, thanks for your comments. Well written.
Thanks for the information. Have you posted your experiences online? I'd be interested in reading them.
Ingat Palagi (Take care always),
As a parent with a child in ISM, I agree with the above comments. First, the classes are geared to a learning paradigm where the children learn from group activities. There is also no homework to reinforce what they learned. If your child is in the kindergarten, first, second, or third grade, you may find that your child is behind when you leave and may repeat a grade. Although I do admit, their curriculum is geared to critical thinking. My question is though, “What about mastery of the basic skills? How much time is spent developing those skills that can only be developed through practice?” If you do not believe me, ask for a random sampling of parental references. Every parent in my child’s class is thinking the same thing but is afraid to utter their thoughts due to a fear of creating a poisoned atmosphere for their children. Think long and hard before you enroll your child in the elementary school. If there was a comparable option in the Metro Area, ISM would lose 30% of their student population. If I was an administrator in ISM, I would ask the parents the question, “Do you feel that your child is being challenged enough?”
I have a second child in the Chinese International School in Manila founded by a former ISM employee. I am astounded by the homework they receive in the basic courses in elementary school. You will find the same story in Gandhi or BSM.
The PTA is ineffectual. In the last ten years, they have not passed a single curriculum based reform that the school has implemented.
The IB score in the 30’s can be easily explained. First, most of the children are transient. Their parents are there working for private firms or embassies on two or three year projects. The skills reflect a lifetime of private education in other IB programs all over the world. Secondly, ISM has a strict admission program for their high school so they are getting the upper echelon students. Finally, a good high school does not reflect a good middle or elementary school program. Have them show you what they are teaching. Sit in on a class or two. You will be surprised!!!
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My children have been in the school for many years and they love it. The school gets amazing results - not only for the really able students but for those who face learning challenges. So sad that a few parents use a site like this to make such cowardly complaints.
You need to move to the Provences AKA: COUNTRY
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all i can say is thanks!
All I can say is WOW! Really insightful information. I am planning to move to Boracay next year. I will try to keep all of this in mind to adjust.
Appreciate the report,
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Getting to the Phils has been a challenge so far, as I left only a small window of time to get my papers in order. Wondering what some of the laws are for obtaining perminet residency in the Phils still with mt american citizenship.You talked of costs between 20K and 70k a month, hopefully that is the PHP your quoteing.
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I am only looking at a bit over 2 months of time before i plan to hop a plane and travel there.
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