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About DwayneAufRäder

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  • Location North America
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  1. The bilingual schools taking the teaching outdoors

      I do agree, you can find a study to back almost any argument you want to make. We've visited the schools in our area, and have several close friends who are teachers, both in GA and other states. It took a while for me, but I came to terms with the realization that the US school system I grew up in (elementary school in the late 80s) has changed quite a bit. There is a lot of pressure on kids from an early age nowadays in the public system, homework, testing, etc. Ultimately it's a personal choice, we don't have a crystal ball, so we hope we're doing what's best for our kids in our situation. I grew up in Germany and the US, and my wife is German, so all of us have a German passport. There are plenty of other reasons why we're moving, too. Exposure to another culture, growing up bilingual, being close to Oma and Opa, easier freedoms/independence for little kids (like letting them get their own ice cream or treat from the bakery in town), traveling around Europe, etc, things like that. 
  2. The bilingual schools taking the teaching outdoors

      We've moving from the US to Germany in a couple months, with a 6 year-old and almost 5 year-old. There are some studies that show early academic training isn't all it's cracked up to be, and can potentially be detrimental in the long run. A big reason we're moving is because of the education system. Little kids need time to be little kids, and a year this way or that way makes no difference in the big scheme of things. Doesn't mean you can't do it at home (we read lots of books to ours), but drilling "sight words" into them doesn't make sense to us. We've been enrolled in music classes for several years, older one is learning piano, since music has been shown to be very beneficial from an early age on. http://www.swweducation.org/?p=4444
  3. Certified copy of German passport for U.S. IRS - how?

    I can confirm that going to the issuing authority and getting a certified copy from there is what the IRS will accept, both for applying for a new ITIN and for renewing one. We've applied for new ones several thousand times and renewed approximately 10,000 this way (I work for a tax and accounting firm in a team that specializes in filing 1040NR returns for German investors).