Boarding school …will it scar you or save you?

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Everyone has an opinion about boarding schools.

Even if they haven’t been in one or don’t even know the opinion of someone who has.

Why?

Quite frankly, it’s a good topic to get people riled up and siding one way or the other because the question pertains to their children. But in all that talking, have you ever gotten a satisfied, unbiased answer? It’s a very crucial decision that you have to make early on and if you get it wrong then it’ll leave a lasting impact that can be very difficult to overcome.

So which way can you turn? Some say that a boarding school is where kids can get out of hand while others say this is where you build character. No wonder it is a topic that has such a polarising effect on anyone you talk to. Just try it out and see it for yourself! Meanwhile, let’s take a look at what’s being said about this phenomenon.

Facts of boarding school life

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When things get too confusing, the right knowledge can set you free and help you make the right decision. So, let’s look at some truths that have been given to us by none other than the children who have lived in a boarding school. Because when you want to know how good or bad something is, you ask the person who’s done it before. If you ask enough people, you might actually find a truth that was hidden in front of you the entire time!

1: It’s the place to develop self-reliance

This is probably the biggest aspect that is in support of boarding schools. Because you’re not in a very laid-back home environment, you have to take charge of everything about your life and steer it in the direction you want. What comes after school? College of course and statistics say that nearly 87% of boarding school students say that they feel ready for that experience, compared to 39% of day scholars. As it is such a large percentage, there could be more truth to this than you previously thought.

2: It’s the place to improve your grades 

Now. don’t just look at grades from a mere numbers or statistics point of view because that’s not what learning or school is about. It is actually about gaining knowledge, for which there needs to be a nurturing environment. A boarding school can take learning beyond the classroom and make it a part of a child’s routine. Someone will always be there to clear doubts and help you along. 90% boarding school children believe they have very high quality teachers. And you do indeed have to be dedicated if you’re going to be living in a school.

3: It’s the place for difficult children? 

First off, every child has unique needs, we just need to understand them. When we’re unable to do so, we label those as difficult children and ship them off to a boarding school so they can be someone else’s problem. That’s not how it really works though because over 60% students go there to gain better education and less than 5% are involved in what you would label is troubled activity. 

4: It doesn’t really make that much of a difference

One thing that we can definitely agree on is that, in the end school can be the same everywhere. The subjects are the same, the calculations, alphabets, formulae and even tests and examinations. You’ll get graded with numbers no matter where you go. But what a boarding school does is give you additional experience to get you ready for the world. Around 44% of boarding school students achieved a successful career position fairly early on. Only 27% of day scholars did the same. This just goes out to say that school can offer skills which will prove their value over time.

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This article isn’t meant as an advertisement for boarding schools but instead an effort to clear some stigmas that exist in society. We may be portraying something beneficial in a negative light and that won’t benefit anyone.

So, the next time you get into a discussion on the matter, you’ll know exactly where to take it!

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