“I homeschool my children not to prepare them for tests but to prepare them for life.” – Tamara L. Chilver
A friend of mine was sending her autistic son to a well-reputed school. The boy has some shortcomings but his mother never gave up. All she wanted was that he should interact with children his age. But as he reached a senior class, the mother felt that her son was having a problem with the rather illustrative and comprehensive course. She knew that he could not handle the pressure. It was then she decided to homeschool him. Homeschooling concept was very new at that time. She had to face a lot of resistance from the family members. Some also advised her to put her son in a school with special needs children. But this was not she wanted for her child. She wanted to make his future secure. She wanted him to understand the nitty-gritty of life. She wanted him to survive after she and her husband won’t be there for him. Trust me putting him with normal children had really helped him a lot socially and emotionally.
Lately, homeschooling has become a trend. It is very common in the United States, however, India is also catching up. The reason why people are showing an interest in homeschooling is that it serves as an alternative to the many private and public schools all across the country. When the concept of homeschooling started, it was not well accepted. However today the parents have become more conscious and a lot of children are being homeschooled.
What is Homeschooling:
The education system in India has changed by leaps and bounds. In ancient times, gurukul was the means of imparting education to a small group of children. That time they were trained in life skills as well as spiritual studies. This system of imparting education was followed for a long time. With times a lot of alternatives were added to education.
Homeschooling refers to home education. But this definitely does not mean that learning is limited to the four walls of the house. The only difference is that parents have total control of what and when and how their child is learning. In a lot of aspects, homeschooling is referred to as an organic form of education. It follows the concept of the old traditional days where one to one focus rather than one to many focus was given. Homeschooling gives a sense of personalisation to the child with attention in the weak areas. The child and the parent move at a pace which is comfortable to both. If the child is struggling with a particular subject, parents take the required time necessary until the concepts are clear to the child. The curriculum in a homeschool program is not predetermined like a school and can change at any point of time to achieve results. If the child excels in a particular subject, then a much more challenging curriculum can be introduced.
In a word, homeschooling is the idea of one to one learning. The parent opting for homeschooling takes the responsibility of the child’s education. This learning can also include lessons from tutors, only if the parent feels the need for the same.
Is Homeschooling in India Legal:
Many parents are concerned if homeschooling is legal in India? Until now there is no such governing body which is responsible for homeschooling in India. In 2010, Mr Kapil Sibal had stated in one of his interviews, “The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act,2009 wants every child to be in school, but if somebody decides not to send his/her children to school, we are not going to interfere. The compulsion is on the state, not on the parents. Parents are free not to send their children to school, but teach them at home. We cannot be micromanaging.”
Recently, the government of Maharashtra has launched an Open SSC board to help the homeschooling students from Class 5 to 12. Further to make homeschooling easy there are several internet-based support groups, like Pune Homeschoolers, Alternative Education India, Swashikshan – Indian Association of Homeschoolers and Cascade Family Learning Society – A Society for Home Schooled Children in Chennai, India.
Students and parents who opt for homeschooling and look forward to certification can easily opt for taking IGCSE, CBSE or NIOS examination as a private candidate.
The trend of homeschooling has picked up and many parents are opting for the same. In the past few years, many homeschooled students from India have been accepted into prestigious institutions like MIT and IIT’s. As per estimates, 15,000 Indian families have opted to homeschool their children and focus on developing the child’s needs based on their needs.
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