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  1. nor cal mike

    Have's and Have-not's in Philippines

    Sorry JJ, can’t go political. Hope your trip went well. Looking forward to your insightful post.
  2. nor cal mike

    Getting to know everyone

    My goodness Jake, you’re at it again. Is this your sparring partner? :)
  3. nor cal mike

    Getting to know everyone

    Hello Tariq and welcome to the forum. I hope you find the forum informative and that you will add your 2 cents to our discussions.
  4. nor cal mike

    Have's and Have-not's in Philippines

    JJ, I’m not familiar with Victorian period “manifest destiny”. My memory is that “manifest destiny” is a 19th century belief held by the United States that its settlers were destined to expand across North America. This was a bitterly contested concept at the time with many prominent Americans such as Abraham Lincoln rejecting it. This is the first time I’ve ever heard or read that it had anything to do with the color of one’s skin. I would like to learn more about Victorian period manifest destiny and would also like to learn more of any reference to skin color. I should have been more precise. When I referred to “Victorian period manifest destiny” I was referring to the term being used to describe a policy that was part of Victorian England. I am not aware of any such policy, but always ready to learn.
  5. nor cal mike

    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    You might want to recheck that information. My wife has paid every year. I believe she pays as self employed.
  6. nor cal mike

    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    Great information, thank you. My situation is similar to yours in that we have 2 children and my wife will be 57 when the oldest turns 18. Do you happen to know if that 5 years has to be immediately preceding the claim? My wife has been here 18 years but will be living in PI when the time comes for her to file for benefits. I’m wondering if she will have to come back here for 5 years before she qualifies?
  7. nor cal mike

    Have's and Have-not's in Philippines

    To thaw the food of course!
  8. nor cal mike

    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    Seems to me to be getting a lot of discussion which is directly related to repatriation. Why lock?
  9. nor cal mike

    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    Yes Kevin, I referred to this type of educational fraud earlier. In so many instances teachers are pushing a political agenda in the US.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    I’m not sure that it’s a million miles better in the US. Yes, maybe when You and I attended school but I don’t think so any more. As far as opportunities after graduation are concerned children of expats have the opportunity to work in the expats home country. As I said before a great number of jobs in the US are being taken by immigrants or remaining infilled. The reason is that the US education system is not sufficiently educating our children to fill these jobs.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    Mark, while we have no agreement, thanks to you we are certainly having a healthy discussion on a very important issue. Like others have said there is no one fits all answer. I doubt that many will change their thinking but we certainly have served up plenty of food for thought. Thanks to all who have participated especially those who think differently than I. Many lessons to be learned from those with differing views.
  12. nor cal mike

    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    Thanks, I’ll try to be more precise in the future.
  13. nor cal mike

    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    Well said!! I’m happy to see someone tell it like it is. I too see way to much politics and political persuasions in the schools here and very little real education.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    I don’t think I can agree that education should not be up for debate. An important part of the “moving decision” has to do with education. For me this discussion has been and continues to be very informative. I think as others have said the quality of the schools vary greatly depending on location and affordability, but for the moment I want to shed a different light on schools in the US. Since US schools are used to compare I would like to raise a couple of points. In the US we are currently using a system called “common core” which is not real popular with many parents. However the problem I see here is the amount of political reference brought into the classroom. What I see taking place is indoctrination instead of education. If you look at our institutions of higher learning you see ongoing civil unrest and political violence. Crime in our colleges has reached a point where it is now one of the considerations of parents when selecting a school. Statistics show that education in the k-12 grades is on the decline. Many colleges have lowered their requirements for admission because high school graduates are not college ready. As a consequence many of the bright young people working in the US are immigrants who were educated in “third world countries”. We simply are not educating enough students to fill the jobs available. While I can’t speak of other countries and yes I am sad to say it but I think we can no longer assume that because it’s “American made” it is automatically better.
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    Repatriation:  Yes, you can go home again!

    It has certainly been informative for me as a move to PI. is imminent. I have children so their education is important.
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