Learning Isn’t Measured In Kilos Of Schools Books

Alternative education is surely not a cakewalk for the practitioners, as it comes with its own set of issues and challenges.

Running a progressive school is never easy. It requires guts to swim against the tide, with the mainstream trying its best to tighten its noose and strangle freedom and creativity. The main challenge is to provide the essence of holistic learning, from within the boundaries of educational boards. Living in a society that has been following a 150-year-old factory-model classroom system, we are at odds with what we want for our children.

Alternative education is surely not a cakewalk for the practitioners, as it comes with its own set of issues and challenges. The basic hurdle is how strong a conviction parents have in the alternative system. The results of letting the child follow a path of curiosity-led knowledge might be slower, or different, but, of course, with a deeper understanding, that is difficult to gain from a textbook. The task is in accepting to learn in an unhurried way, taking the longer route. 

An unconventional school anchored on philosophy of keeping every child happy and focused ensures unhindered learning. The focus is on the five facets of a child’s personality – Physical, Emotional, Mental, Psychic and Spiritual.

‘Physical’ does not simply mean games and sports. It is synonymous with playing the piano, eating in the right posture, working with clay, or arranging things beautifully. Yoga and such other forms of exercises must be integral to the school culture.

‘Emotional’ development continuously helps children in reflecting and realizing the importance of sharing and caring. Encouraging teamwork, sharing stationery from a common pool, accepting mistakes, maintaining fair attitude while handling conflicts, are some of the examples of ‘Emotional’ development. 

Where ‘Mental’ development is concerned, children have a natural inclination to learn. With guidance, love, and encouragement, the children become aware of all that is around them. Lesson plans should be created after a lot of research and creative thinking.

An environment apt for ’Psychic and Spiritual’ growth is possible in a beautiful, peaceful and clean campus. It is important for children to develop holistically for which they need a conducive environment. The architecture should evoke a sense of purity and truthfulness. All classrooms, laboratories, and activity rooms should receive abundant natural light. A stimulating and multi-faceted exposure to fine arts helps in awakening the innate curiosity and creativity present in each child.

A proper focus on the above-mentioned facets can help the child evolve and develop a complete personality. For rote learning is no way to achieve this and only alternative learning mechanism can help the child in becoming future ready. 

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