An attempt at decoding the clichés parents rely on—and highlighting factorsthat actually matter when it comes to enrolling children in educational institutions.
As mentioned in the accompanying image, the purpose of education is to facilitate the discovery of one’s purpose in life and the objective of the school is to deliver education through knowledge, awareness, thinking & self-reflection. If that be so, then as parents should you be the choosing the best school in the city/state/country or the right school where your child fits the best.
Browsing through a zillion brochures and websites, the tiring visits to selected schools and then choosing the right school can be a daunting task for parents. It’s time to rethink on what to consider when choosing a school.
Every person you meet when you go in for a school has something to indicate. Their personality, gestures, and actions send vibes. While being treated well and feeling good is important, but even more important is if they understand your child.
People who treat your child as an individual and allow the space to be what they are the ones who will lead them to become what they can.
Effective teaching is not just defined by understanding, innovating and delivering complete knowledge. It must include research, training, exploration, and inspiring kids to think. The most important quality to look for in a teacher is if they can empower pupils to grow independently.
- Infrastructure & Amenities
Psychologists believe infrastructure and facilities directly influence a child’s performance as students spend maximum time in schools.
But what we grow oblivious of is how the sprawling acres are used to ensure the learning outcomes. For example, is the library conducive to encourage young children to read at their own pace or is the sports curriculum of the school structured enough and so on. As they say, the living room effect: ‘When I’m relaxed, I’m more ready to learn’.
For preschoolers, do the classroom decor consider the wide range of different home backgrounds and lifestyles that children may come from or do they have an appropriate level of simulation (complexity & color) for the little minds?
- A Safe Learning Environment
Kids develop positive emotions where they’re treated with love and respect. Therefore, the search for a school with a safe and welcoming environment for our children is eternal.
Systems and processes to ensure the physical safety of children is a priority for all parents. But cameras and monitoring are not enough for a safe learning space. Sensitization of children about what is safe and what may not be safe is equally important to safeguard children.
The teachers and the helping staff must be trained and sensitized to this need.
- A student-centric Approach
Knowing how to evaluate if a school is child-centric is important. While a small class size and a high teacher – taught ratio are good indicators of child-centric schools, but if a school can offer to differentiate learning and feedback to every child. That would help nurture their true potential and put them on a path to discover their goal in life.
- Curriculum & Pedagogy
To choose which curriculum suits best for your child, it is important to first understand the available curriculum patterns.
- A concentric curriculum, where the topic taught is built on what was taught the previous academic year.
- A spiral curriculum where basic facts are taught first to the students and more details are introduced later.
- A learner-centric approach with a focus on research and problem-solving skills.
- Any state or culture-specific syllabus and evaluation system.
Scholastic & co-scholastic curriculum must go hand-in-hand.
Just like one paragraph doesn’t define the whole story, it is unfair to judge an organization based on pre-defined parameters, such as gaudy exteriors, student results, reputation and history. There are multiple factors defining the success of schools today. As parents, we must figure out what’s best for our children; accordingly find a school that fulfills all their requirements (cognitive/non-cognitive).
So here on, would you be looking for the ‘best’ school or the ‘right’ school for your child?