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Chapter 3: International Schools and Parents
Any book about international schools and their communities must surely include reference to one community about which relatively little has so far been written: the parents of the children who attend them. Parents wear many hats, and some may also belong to one of the other communities discussed in this book. They may be expatriates or local nationals, spouses or ex-spouses, Adult Third Culture Kids (ATCKs) or otherwise. They are customers (of the school attended by the child) and may be employees or employers, teachers or governors.
This chapter will focus on those aspects of the role of parent which have most relevance to the international school context. It will begin by discussing some characteristics of individuals who find ...