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Education Exchange

By Catherine Wayland
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Dear IF readers,

Here at International Family Magazine, we believe in education as a central topic of discussion in families around the world. That is why you see it as an entire department here on the “Exchange”. So far, we have had a guest host, Robert Mendoza (a wonderful, veteran educator) and myself (an amateur) provoking discussions. So far, we have thrown out thoughts and feedback on topics such as: illiteracy, healthcare in schools, funding and teacher pay, college curriculum and life readiness, conflict resolution, parent involvement, etc. We want to commit to spending the next year inviting more voices of educators and parents into these online exchanges.

We have also spent a part of this past year focusing on teaching our children values and service commitment in our journey with Share Your Soles out of Chicago and around the world ( We want to commit to working on more projects together with our readers that will enrich the educational programs of children around the world.

We have also featured in our magazine certain educational programs that we here at IF Magazine have sought to support, i.e. Doane Stuart with its Belfast program, Oprah Winfrey Academy in South Africa, Infinite Family and their mentor program, PS 51 in New York City with its ESL and international focus. We want to commit to bringing more schools into focus for us to celebrate the programs that work well and offer these templates to parents and educators.

My sons, Brodhir and Jackson are very young students of life at age 3 and 5. I decided for this year to enroll them in a true Montessori certified method as I felt that its non-compliant resourcing of my two bright, self-starters fit the bill. Last year PS 51 and its Montessori-like preschool methodology fit better for Jax. Brody of course stayed with me for my tidbits of wisdom here and there. But this year’s more expensive option requires a financial output. My husband and I felt it was worth driving the old 1998 van around for another year. But every parent is faced with his or her own abilities and objectives for their children. There are financial, regional, gender, learning aptitudes, special needs and a host of other factors that play into every child’s educational process. As was quoted in our welcome letter, sometimes when the basics of food and shelter are the priority in a home, these discussions take on a whole other level. We want to recognize those families as well here at the “Exchange”.

All of it is a worthwhile discussion. I look forward to working harder for you to deliver more varied data and more varied sources for all these valuable discussions. If you would ever like me to address a topic or just give feedback, please write to me at

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Cat Wayland Good reading,
Catherine Wayland,
Editor and Co-Founder of International Family Magazine

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