Teru Clavel - One Mother’s Journey Halfway Around the Globe in Search of the Best Education for Her Children - Episode​ 12 of The Grace Tales Podcast - The Grace Tales

Teru Clavel – One Mother’s Journey Halfway Around the Globe in Search of the Best Education for Her Children – Episode​ 12 of The Grace Tales Podcast



“I realized in 2016, when I came back to the US after 10 years in Asia, how different a lot of my parenting philosophies were. For example, my kids had a lot more freedom because at six-years-old in Japan, they were already completely independent… my six-year-old was taking the bullet train, which is the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka on his own. It’s a very safe country.” That’s New York-based Teru Clavel, a comparative education expert, bestselling author, and speaker sharing a glimpse into her experience educating her children in Asia. Clavel shares her insights on education and globalization in her book, World Class: One Mother’s Journey Halfway Around the Globe in Search of the Best Education for Her Children, which chronicles her experience over a decade raising her children in the local public schools of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Palo Alto. Written with research, personal anecdote and takeaway, World Class offers real-world solutions to the toughest education dilemmas we face here and abroad. 

In today’s conversation, we talk about:

  • How she got on a plane from New York to Hong Kong, with two toddlers, and she was searching for.
  • Learning to parent in Asia and how it shaped her.
  • How at six-years-old in Japan, her children were taking the bullet train alone.
  • The question on every parent’s mind: How can I support my child’s education?”
  • Giving children the time they need in a culture of busy-ness.
  • The philosophies and practises that have stayed with her from a decade in Asia.
  • The research she’s studied about children who attend early childhood education.
  • The can-do mindset in Asia.
  • Why “struggle is a fundamental part of learning”
  • Why the phase ‘Mental Health Day’ is becoming more and more common for children and what her thoughts on it are.
  • Why homework at a young age instils curiosity and discipline.
  • Why multitasking is just an excuse to avoid being focused.

Find out more about Teru and her book at www.teruclavel.com

Follow Teru on Instagram @teruclavel

For more, visit The Grace Tales Podcast page


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