In AISA volleyball tournament in Busan, I was able to meet and interact with students from Korea International School (KIS) and Seoul International School (SIS). It was interesting to see the differences between my old Korean friends in public schools and my new Korean friends in international school.
Attending to an international school is definitely a privilege, at least in some aspects. Being a member of AISA gives the students in the school a chance to meet students from other schools and countries, allowing them to expanding their knowledge in cultures and backgrounds. I personally heard stories from KIS and SIS about different learning environment, events and experiences, which I am very appreciative about. The public school that I attended did not even have volleyball and there were no tournaments or fun events where different schools come together and interact. In Korea, the interaction is usually limited to the school itself, and students do not get to interact with those from other schools unless they have known them previously. I believe that similar culture exists in Japanese public schools, which leads to my point that both in Korea and Japan, attending an international school benefits the student.
Now, the question is, why does not everyone attend an international school? The answer lies in concepts I learned from the Economics class. As much as the international schools offer a variety of experiences, it is very expensive to build and sustain one. Thus, in order for the school to keep its business – although not all schools desire profit – the school needs to charge the students a high price. I remember hearing my parents discuss the price of YIS as we moved to Japan, and the word that I remember the most is “expensive”. The issue is that since the price is high, only those with high income can sent their children to international school. This seems fine until we think about the concept of equity. Do international schools aim to provide the experiences to the world in general? Or do they target rich families only? It is arguable that the potential to grow as a great global citizen lies in all children, regardless of their parents’ income. If so, wouldn’t it be more fair for everyone to get a chance to join the international school community, and have the experiences like the ones I had in AISA? I believe that the concept I will study soon, distribution of income, could help the economy ensure the equity in general, which could potentially help the fair distribution of opportunities to be a part of the international community. I would very much like to see more and more students going abroad and interacting with each other, making this world more colorful and interesting.