Monday, May 09, 2005

My sister goes to Eton and my brother goes to Harvard.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comHarvard University has earned its top-notch reputation around the world. The name of the school alone evokes respect, awe, and a bit of envy as well - to be able to get in is already a bragging right in itself. I myself went to Harvard, you know. I walked around the campus with my family and generally envied all the students.

Image hosted by Eton, on the other hand, seems to be THE public school of public schools around the world (by public schools, in England, they mean private schools). It's also a great favorite with the Royal Family as well. Prince William and Prince Harry went there, and on the side of the literary, George Orwell and Sir Ian Fleming.

So why the interest in these two fine institutions?

Apparently, we have Harvard and Eton in the Philippines.

Coming from Tagaytay last Saturday, my friend spotted a HARVARD School of Laguna in Sta. Rosa. And while walking along Malate yesterday, I saw signs for Eton International School, and they offer pre-school and grade school education.

The sign also featured tow-headed tots smiling toothily. Now if that isn't false advertising when you see one, I don't know what is. I wouldn't want my sister to come crying to me after school saying that she had no blond classmates. I mean, the sheer injustice of it all! That kind of iniquity scars you for life.

Is this some sort of phenomenon right now? I'm seeing a lot of fancy school names, with of course, the obligatory INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL tacked on beside it. Is it really necessary? Does it make parents feel better that their son or daughter is attending an INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL with probably international-like fees as well?

What's in a name?


Blogger Gigi said...

Hi Sarah!
You forgot about your cousin who attends MIT -- Mapua Institute of Technology. Although I read somewhere the name is being changed (hope not though -- it sounds fine the way it is, 'no?).

2:17 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

hey gigi!

oo nga no? i forgot about that! hehe. yeah, i heard mapua's name was changed to (gasp) malayan colleges. not a name i would wear proudly, i imagine. ;)

2:48 PM  
Anonymous mud said...

you know, i saw that Harvard School of Laguna on my way to Batangas last week. i remember passing by their huge sign and thinking, "oookay..."

i'd like to know if these schools are legit, though (like, if they're authorized to use the name and all).

11:23 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

hi mud,

it was a strange sight to see, wasn't it? i was thinking about the legal use of the names too, given that at least one of them (harvard) is international enough to merit attention from people.

maybe i should take note of the number for eton international school and ask your question. i bet the answer would be interesting.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

o dear you can help a lot of parents if you do that, you see we all are complaining about this eton international school at robinson's place manila because i really could not find any of some sort that they're connected to the online sites bearing the legitimate Eton name, their tuition is so expensive and their fieldtrips are so far away and costly, not so right nor appropriae for the age of the kids to travel abroad, say singapore trip of $400 per head, and subic ocean adventure family day of P2,ooo per head plus $100 for overnyt accomodation, and they have activities that in order for parents to be able to watch their kids perform, they need to pay for their seats which cost P5,000, inclusions of some perks we still never have. we just want to send our kids to the latest mode of educating and they just don't fit to waht they claim. we're not that rich but we saved for our kids to get the best but we parents are victims now of this questionable institution.

12:03 PM  

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