India has a rich history of great minds being homeschooled and trained on their niche area of interest to be experts enough to have their names included in schoolbooks. As parents intense parenting is about educating your child right. And when people choose to home school they take full responsibility of their child’s education. Today with the advancement of digital technology and resources over the internet being available with ease, homeschooling is no longer a rural practice. It is no longer an alternative choice for the lack of resources. In fact in several countries around the world, children of highly educated, successful and secular parents are being home schooled.
The Times They Are-A-Changing
Parents who choose to home school their child have stated like other good parents they want the best education for their children; which is why they do it. Many also agree that homeschooling is an innovative educational approach that is in-tune with modern lifestyles. With the availability of online educational resources on websites like Coursera, where major universities upload their video recorded lectures for anybody who is interested in learning is changing the system of traditional education. Today to receive a world class education all a child needs is an internet connection.
While the topics of education, homeschooling and even unschooling remain to be on the top bill of trending topics for some enthusiastic debates across the globe, among academics, parents and even business leaders; as our world transforms from an industrially driven system to a knowledge and data driven one. We can claim that today humanity is the pinnacle of its educational phylogeny, wherein we realized the importance of a proper education. But let us understand whether adults are capable of teaching children or do children learn by themselves.
The Importance of Educational Video Games
In a recent experiment by a charitable group where they offered to provide one laptop per child in underprivileged areas of the world, they were met with an amazing observation. They took packaged boxes of laptops to a village in Ethiopia where children had never been acquainted with text or packaging. These were completely illiterate children. But in 4 minutes only one child in the village was able to open up the box, find the power button, started the device and in 5 days each children were using 47 apps per child. In a week the whole village was singing the ABC song. So, it is safe to conclude children teach themselves and that too fast when they learn what interests them. With the availability of educational video games and other online resources, learning has never been more enjoyable.
Suiting the Learner
The current trend in the world of schooling is customized education, as parents have come to realize that one size fits all model does not help their kids anymore. Speaking of homeschooling the first argument against it comes as a concern for kids’ capacity to socialize. But this as many homeschooling parents suggest is a myth, as such children get more chances to socialize and that too with a diverse age-group. They attend community gatherings, go to play meets, have classes like dance or music lessons and participate in sports. But they also get the one-on-one personalized curriculum for receiving education from the best educators they could ever hope to have – their own parents.
Also this system of schooling based on choice gives children the real freedom that should come with knowledge; they can choose to learn what they want to and be good at what they are truly interested and even obsessed about.
In India’s Context
India also has this system of open schooling in several major cities but the legal implications of this practice still remains to be a grey area. With the RTE Act many parents are confused about the future of their alternatively educated children’s futures. But proactive efforts are on the way to revolutionize this outdated traditional system of a confined classroom. Looks like Tagore’s dream of an ideal education system could not be far off.
Pritha Biswas works as a content developer and editor for a living and is a reader by the night. Pritha wants to live in a world of beautiful yet simplistic businesses and lives, where minimalism is the name of the game. When Pritha is not writing, she likes to take out her Chinese ink pen to sketch her mind. Stick around this website for more fun blogs, articles and opinion posts or general rants about the good ol' childhood days.
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