Every child is different
“By education, I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man; body, mind, and spirit.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
While home-schooling is a perfectly viable option, 99% of the parents prefer formal classroom schooling. The inception of the learning phase also takes place at home, then why do we pay hefty fees and send kids away from ourselves to educate? The answer is simple because schools offer kids to socialize, to share, to care, and most importantly a place to find their interests, which in turn aid them to discover themselves.
Education institutes are no longer confined to books. Myriad options are available to choose from, in the classroom as well as outside. In most of the cases, parents hand-pick the participation which is considerably influenced by the peer pressure and their own personal interests. This is reasonable to a certain age. When a child starts developing his or her individuality, it’s important to involve them in such decisions. It is crucial that they know, it’s their choice and they should pursue what makes them happy.
Role of the school and the teacher:
With schools providing a good range of extra and co-curricular activities, the teacher’s attention plays a vital role. Educators make note of the students’ interest and encourage them to attempt new things. They also have an edge in guiding and moulding the student’s concentration. If a student is talkative, he is likely to be involved in debates or group discussions. If one is physically strong he will be introduced with gymnasium. A teacher is a practical parent to a child. A parent may wish their child to learn everything, but a teacher can scrutinize and shepherd the energy in the right direction. A healthy competition and discussion among students also inspire them to consider other options. Only then a child can know kicking football across the field is as fun as learning new chords on a guitar.
Needless to say, parents and schools have a combined responsibility here. Kids may not be able to express at school, hence they should feel free to talk to their parents.
Request to the parents:
Either curriculum or other, do not finalize on your kids’ behalf but introduce them with new experiences. Let them play with colors as well as with hockey stick. Take a tour to a science museum along with the dance class. But before investing them to certain interest give them the freedom to explore it. Most importantly if they are not interested, neither push them nor show your disappointment. Instead, be part of the learning process. Converse about their emotions during the experience, especially about the fears and failures.
Every child is different and has a unique set of intelligence. One can be great at Math while others can dunk the basketball. Don’t rush them into finding their interests. Be there and motivate them. Let them fail, let them win and let them decide.
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