What Is Homeschooling #MyFriendAlexa

“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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30 Comments

  1. September 5, 2019
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    I didn’t know much about homeschooling. Though I liked about it that if a child excels in a particular subject, then a much more challenging curriculum can be introduced. Informational it is:)

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 9, 2019
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      Exactly, the curriculum can be tailored as per the child’s capabilities.

  2. September 5, 2019
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    That was a very nice concept of homeschooling, it should soon be implemented in india with official terms

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 9, 2019
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      Yes, there have been students from India who have achieved great milestones. Should be good!

  3. September 6, 2019
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    I know students can appear for class XII CBSE examination as a private candidate. I am not sure, if one can do the same for class X board. In class eleven and twelve many students simply register in a school but prepare for joint entrance or medical at different coaching centres. These are in a way expensive home schooling. Gurukul system is not exactly home schooling, I think. Because like a regular school, students leave home and join these organisations. I would say when a student do not go to any school, prepare for board exam studying on his own, with the help of teachers or parents or self, he can be called home schooled.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 9, 2019
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      Yes definitely homeschooled children are the ones who don’t go to school but study at home with the help of their parents and other teachers.

  4. September 8, 2019
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    Homeschooling as a concept is still new to India. many parents are still not accepting it.even I was sceptical about it , in fact not confident that I can give my child the right kind of education , the right kind of Curriculum . But having said that when I see children getting Home School I am tempted to try a few activities after his Formal School. it does create a difference . it develops a practical approach and I hope the mix of Formal School and Home School works well for my kid

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 9, 2019
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      All the very best to you Supriti

  5. September 9, 2019
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    a very informative post. I have always had questions about homeschooling in India that this post has cleared.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 9, 2019
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      Thanks, Anupriya

  6. September 9, 2019
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    I am very confused about this concept, may be because I am not a controlling parent and fear my kids won’t follow the curriculum as per me. Discipline is one factor I depend on school for.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 9, 2019
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      It is totally your take. Even I don’t homeschool my child. 🙂

  7. Ghazala Naseem
    September 10, 2019
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    This is totally a new concept for Indian parents where there is so much of hue and cry for getting admission in big schools .

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 10, 2019
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      Yes, this is something very new right now!

  8. September 11, 2019
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    Amazing read and very useful. Homeschooling is really useful as the education system has not evolved with time.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 11, 2019
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      Thanks Neha for visiting by!

  9. Kavita Singh
    September 11, 2019
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    It makes me so happy to read such blogs. Homeschooling is one method of learning that I would love to see being picked up and discussed more in India. I too have thought about it however not sure will I be able to do justice with this teaching method.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 11, 2019
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      Thankyou Kavita for visiting by!

  10. September 14, 2019
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    Very nice ingormation on homeschooling. I always wanted to opt for it but it is not that commkn yet

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 15, 2019
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      Thank you!

  11. September 16, 2019
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    This is such an insightful post! Thanks for sharing this. #MyFriendAlexa #CloudandSunshineReads

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 16, 2019
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      Thank you!

  12. September 16, 2019
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    My neighbour’s son is homeschooling now as he is also preparing for JEE 11 th class onward.. I know this concept is good and revolutionary but it shouldn’t end up in creating more pressure for the kids..

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 17, 2019
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      So glad to know that someone is following this system.

  13. September 18, 2019
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    I have heard of many parents opting for it. There are some groups on Facebook too!! My only issue is the social interaction as we all stay in nuclear families. But I also agree as our education system is not evolving this will be the way forward to reduce stress levels for kids. Thanks for this insightful post

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 18, 2019
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      Thanks for reading Arushi!

  14. September 18, 2019
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    I have heard a lot about homeschooling in western countries. The concept sounds good.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 18, 2019
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      Thank you for visiting by!

  15. September 18, 2019
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    Interesting concept. It will take time to be fully recognised a d accepted in India.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      September 18, 2019
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      Yes, it will take some time in India. Thanks for visiting!

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