Any one of the Top 10 boarding schools in Mumbai will probably get your child a decent job in the future. But is that all you wish for them? At Prudence International, we want our children to keep moving forward rather than just settle for a decent job, and we know how to achieve that. We value diversity and don't like using cliches when talking about different cultures. However, it may be helpful to reflect on the whole "East vs West" debate when choosing the right school and preparing your child for the future.
"The West" has a lot of respect for the way children are brought up and educated in "the East". Hence, the stereotype of an Indian IT specialist as one of the most common migrant worker in the UK. Brits praise the exceptional commitment, knowledge and expertise of the workers from "the East". That's why they like to recruit highly qualified professionals from India and other parts of Asia.
Although moving overseas is becoming easier for our children, sadly, many of our brainiest young people struggle to move up the career ladder when they start working abroad. Why? Because they don't score high when it comes to presentation, communication and negotiation skills. They don't have the confidence or social competence to fight their corner, to debate, to be a strong leader and make things happen by influencing others.
Hence, when deciding on the best International boarding school in Mumbai for your child, we recommend that parents dig deeper to find out what the schools does to address this issue. At Prudence International, the so-called "soft skills" are at the core of everything we do. Our students learn to express their opinion and defend their point of view from day one. This is done in and through every area of learning.
Humanities and Social Sciences
At Prudence International, learning about history and geography isn't just about memorising vast amounts of information, facts, figures, dates and measurements. It is primarily about logical thinking and critical analysis; it's about understanding cause-and-effect, making links and connections between events, problems and solutions, and seeing the bigger picture. We don't tell children about the world. We want them to explore and investigate the world for themselves and tell us about their understanding and interpretation of it. This is achieved through independent research as well as shared learning that is mostly done through debate and discussion in class.
Sciences and Maths
"Old school" science and maths instruction is teacher-led. It's taught through chalk-and-talk, "Here's a problem. Here's how you solve it. Copy. Do the same." (A word of warning: this is still happening at many schools near Navi Mumbai). Not so at Prudence International. The job of the teacher here is to facilitate self-learning and discovery. The teacher still present students with a problem, but young people are not spoon-fed the answers. They are invited to work in pairs and small groups to brainstorm ideas building on prior knowledge, make predictions, suggest possible tools and strategies, unpick and test initial ideas, defend, promote or challenge them. They learn to develop their own unique voice, to question and justify their beliefs, to explain their thinking, to help each other build a cohesive argument, to recognise weaknesses in own performance and presentation and learn from mistakes.