by Margaret Oertig
Deciding where to educate your children is one of the
most important decisions you will ever make. Figuring out an unfamiliar school
system in a new community in a new language can be overwhelming - that's where
this book comes in.
Going Local is an authoritative
guide for parents who wish to gain a better understanding of the Swiss school
system. It maps out all the stages of schooling from kindergarten to university
in all 26 cantons, providing key facts and useful terminology in German, French,
Going Local unravels how children advance
through the school system and lists the different selection criteria around
the country for the academic path. It also clearly explains the range of options
and alternative paths that lead to tertiary education. It highlights issues
parents may need to address in order to help their children reach their full
educational potential. Tips are given to help parents manage their relationship
with the school, drawing on the expertise of professionals and the experiences
and insights of other parents, both from Switzerland and abroad.
You can increase the likelihood of your child making a smooth and successful
transition at any stage of his or her education.
"It is a stunning book in both scope and detail.
I am not aware of any other book that covers the Swiss educational landscape
in this manner. Hope it finds a large audience." Christian Liesen, professor
at the Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik Zürich.
"The huge amount of
research that the author has done for this book is obvious and I really like the
fact that the references are all so recent. All through the chapters on
kindergarten and primary school, I kept saying, "Yes, that's just what it was
like!" Understanding the school system is absolutely essential for our
children's futures and it's something that I've been
obsessing about since they were small. This book is great for answering
the questions I didn't even know I had. I'm sure I'll be rereading it as we hit
the different stages of schooling." Catherine Bartl Shultis, Lecturer for English
See also Beyond
Chocolate - understanding Swiss culture by Margaret Oertig Davidson.
For a reading recommendation written by Carol McDonald
Matters (parenting information for English-speaking families in Switzerland)
Listen to Catherine Nelson-Pollard's interviews with Margaret Oertig about Going Local
on the WRS radio show: here
(part 1) and
For a report in German of a meeting on Swiss schooling at Novartis see here.