How to Give Your Child a Truly Global Education
For many families who live between different countries, providing children with a continuity of education can be a daunting challenge. However, an enlightened few believe it is quite the opposite, seeing their children’s unique circumstances as a brilliant opportunity to enrich their learning and prepare them effectively for the challenges they will face in adulthood. We take a similar view, and present how you can give your child a truly global education — particularly through home schooling — in this article.
Traditionally, parents seeking the best possible education have sent their children to an elite boarding school, or hired a governess or tutor. Boarding schools can be brilliant if your child is suited to them. For others they can be lonely, uninspiring places that can do little to develop character or academic success. Tutors on the other hand, provide learning that is tailored to a child’s exact needs. With a tutor, parents are free of any cultural or religious limitations that may be imposed by the school and are free to take an active part in designing their child’s learning.
Traditionally, the tutor or governess would be an impoverished but well-mannered student or a retired teacher. These days, there are a small number of passionate, internationally minded, professional tutors who choose full time tutoring as a career path. When Gwyneth Paltrow advertised for a £62,100-a-year tutor to teach her two young children drama, tennis, chess, Mandarin Chinese, philosophy as well as Latin and Greek, she set the precedent for the ‘uber education’. Tutor fees now can climb up to as much as £200,000 per annum.
The next generation always faces interesting challenges and opportunities. Recent statistics suggest that 65% of children may end up doing jobs that don’t yet exist, making it impossible to know exactly what to teach them. For this reason, the best educators teach soft skills such as creativity and resilience that will allow children to succeed across new disciplines. Of course, they also need to cover government set curricula.
HNW and UHNW families can offer their children an even better preparation for the real world by tailoring their children’s education to take advantage of the family’s own resources. What better way for a child to learn about a water conservation project in the Saharan desert than to accompany their parents on a philanthropic trip, accompanied by their private tutor who will use the experience as a basis for a plethora of lessons; ranging from history, to politics and geography? For a small number of families with adequate means, the world can literally become the classroom, with the private tutor as the child’s facilitator, guiding them expertly through each new experience and challenge.
For children who are gifted and talented, or have specific learning difficulties, the benefits of one to one teaching are even more pronounced. Great progress can be made, which can often result in a return to mainstream schooling.