I thought the author, Ms. Burton made some excellent, specific points about how that experience had enhanced her learning and life path, thanks to the advantages and freedom of travel schooling.
IS WORLD TRAVEL JUST FOR THE RICH?
I was quite surprised by the many negative comments. Although they acknowledged that this was indeed, an amazing way to learn, most said it was ONLY available for the very rich who are born with a "silver spoon".
So of course, I had to comment from our experience and hope it encourages others to think differently to find their own way for more freedom in educating their kids..even on a tiny budget.
This is what I wrote:
TRAVEL THE WORLD TO EDUCATE YOUR CHILD
You certainly have a valid point, but I can tell you that this and more IS available to MANY more ordinary people than is often realized and is a growing trend. I just discovered this because we were mentioned in this article.
She is already far beyond age peers in her education ( just completed a senior year high school class online in Asia with Johns Hopkins University CTY ...on a scholarship...and got an A, will soon easily test out of AP Mandarin and AP Spanish classes for both high school and college credit), has much more free time than most tweens, has become a budding entrepreneur teaching her 3 languages to adults and kids around the world since 12 with a long waiting list, is writing a kids book series about each country she has been to and got her first paid singing gig at a huge Chinese wedding in Asia singing in Mandarin, won a Mandarin Elocution contest in a 1000-kid Chinese high school and recently was the youngest presenter at the Global Educational Conference.
YOU DON'T NEED TO BE RICH TO TRAVEL
It's true that many wealthy folks are putting their kids ( like Suri Cruise) in traveling immersion schools that focus on Mandarin, Spanish fluency and cultural advantages of long term travel as an educational aid for 21st century kids in our shrinking world, BUT if you don't happen to have the 80 grand a year that takes, with a little creativity and open mindedness, you can do even better on your own, have more time with your kid and enjoy a more free life... living outside of the box.
FAMILY TRAVEL CAN BE CHEAP
Neither world class travel or a world class education has to be expensive. I didn't know this was possible before we did it, but I can tell you that it was absolutely the best decisions of our lives! Instead of assuming it can't be done, start reading things like the 4Hour Workweek ( we were case studies in it) and finding ways to make it happen if you have this kind of dream for your child.
Trust me, this great Goodman quote is NOT normal ( and you don't have to be rich to live a rich life):
“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”
What do you think? Do you find ways to use travel and multicultural experiences to enrich your child's education and life experience? Or is this only for the most wealthy?
Like every life, not every moment has been perfect bliss with nary a problem, but we are all extremely grateful for the risks and choices we have made as an ordinary family, to educate our child and have more time together.
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