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engtchr5 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The boarding school where I teach is intended for secondary students with mild to moderate learning disabilities. I firmly believe that our school serves a vital purpose and function: When mainstream schools have failed such children repeatedly and have offered them no incentive to go on, parents turn to us for the specialized care and curriculum that we can provide in a boarding school environment. By having smaller class sizes, residential programs, and a wide range of extracurricular and social activities, a whole new culture of learning and friendship thrives for these students who were previously considered "rejects, nerds, geeks, etc." in their other public or private school settings. When a boarding school serves a greater good, as ours does, it is a powerful and wonderful experience for everyone involved, teachers included. 

marbar57 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
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Boarding schools....your views?

  I don't like boarding schools because they take the child out of the home and away from the parents' influence.  I think a child should be with their parents as much as possible and parents should take the full brunt of raising them and caring for them.  To me, boarding schools are a "cop out" for parents whose careers, social life, and vacations seem to take precedence!  The best parents are the ones who take time every day with their children no matter how busy they are!   

missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The purpose of a boarding school can severely weigh into what you might think of it. Some are intended to make the rigor and academic environment intense, others are intended to remove troubled kids from society to improve their behaviors.

I like seeing boarding schools who have a purpose of rehabilitating students because I think students who struggle need to be removed from current circumstances for a period to work on building new habits before they get into deeper trouble (whether that be academically or behaviorally) and repeat offenses.

booksnmore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My mom attended a boarding school in high school. She often talks about how she "got enough" of the boarding school experience and by college she was very tired of that type of environment. We have access to a boarding school for our children, but based on my mom's experience, I would prefer to keep them close in high school and let them try out the experience at the college level. Seems like time with family/parents is quite limited for kids these days. I'd like to keep them close as long as possible.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Certainly the biggest negative factor of boarding schools is that the child spends an unhealthy amount of time away from his/her parents. It seems that if the parents want their child to attend a specific "boarding" school (or any specialized private school), then they should move to that area in order to be closer to their child. Of course, I certainly understand a parent's desire to keep their child out of most public schools these days.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I went to boarding school because I had to (no high schools taught in English on the island where I lived).  I totally loved it.  It was good for me, I think, to grow up without my parents.  We didn't have the usual teen-parent conflict and I became more independent.

I imagine my parents missed me (maybe) but I thought it was great.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am not familiar with boarding schools since we have none in our area. My thoughts are why send your chikdren off to school at such young ages. Are the advantages of attending a boarding school that great that you sacrifice being a family for it?

nusratfarah | Student

Boarding schools are like hostels. Many of them are careless to the student's demands. But, gradually the standard of these schools are increasing with the help of government and private aid. Parents are sending their children to boardings more than earlier days for better education. Schools should also take proper care of children.

krishna-agrawala | Student

Boarding schools were something unavoidable when number of students studying in schools was not large enough to justify good school in every city. With a good school located fifty or a hundred miles away, the only options to many students was to study in a boarding school. However, with so many good school available in in all cities and towns, not many parents opt for sending their students to boarding schools.

Generally it is only people who live in remote locations, work abroad, or are in services involving frequent transfer of posting opt for sending their children to boarding school.

jannats-singh | Student

in a boarding school you get true friends;the friends with you can share anything......
so i think boarding schools are good.lovely games,activities and we learn to be independent and without our parents telling us to study,we study.

epollock | Student

I work at an extremely remote boarding school, and when it comes to not being able to go home, it all comes down to the services that their school offers that would make students comfortable to be there. Things like incredible libraries, dorm facilities, great exercise rooms, swimming pool or activities center, a variety of food services, shopping conveniences, athletic facilities, etc. One also has to take into consideration the strength of the programs and the reputation of the school.