The #covidlockdown situation has elevated concern about academics. As parents adapt to #workfromhome, will #homeschooling be the new normal?
The RTE (Right to Education) Act brought education into the purview of fundamental rights and every child between the ages of 6 to 14 has a right to education. As school populations overflowed, parents began exploring alternatives until the #coronavirus #lockdown brought #homeschooling to the doorstep of every child.
What is Home Schooling?
#EducationinIndia has been evolving for nearly a decade. The current #socialdistancing situation has brought things to a head – forcing #schools to adopt home tutoring. This is not technically what #homeschooling is all about but it is close.
Home schooling is a set up where parents take control and choose to educate their child at home. They determine what the child will learn and who will teach him. Parents themselves may undertake this task or have a home tutor educate their child.
Is it legal to home school your child in India?
There is no law against #homeschooling in India nor is there any specific law making it illegal. Additionally, parents and tutors of home-schoolers remain unchallenged which is further evidence of legality. Further, although the RTE grants the right to be educated, it does not specify how this education should be imparted.
Law in India is silent on the matter of #homeschooling.
Is Home Schooling Advisable?
The answer to this question depends on several factors. We will talk about the pros and cons of home schooling in a separate blog. For now, suffice it to say that dissatisfaction on the part of parents or the inability of a child to cope with academics may prompt the decision to tutor the child at home.
On the flip side, parents may not have all the resources to educate their child in a proper manner. In addition,the child may lose out on the interaction with his peers and the opportunity to participate in various #extraurricular activities.
The decision for #homeschooling is parent driven – no matter the underlying cause.
Why do parents opt for #homeschooling?
There are several reasons why a parent would want to educate the child at home. One reason is the child’s own inability to cope with the academic and social challenges of a traditional school. Further, some parents are dissatisfied with the curriculum, pedagogy, or other aspect of the school and choose #homeschooling over a transfer.
Money is another driving force – children from well-to-do families are often home schooled simply because the parents can afford it. Conversely, high-society children may be #homeschooled because parents do not want them to mingle with children from lower social starata. In homes where both parents are working and one or both grand parents become the caregivers, homeschooling is considered a convenient alternative.
The decision to homeschool may be driven by budget, concern, or social standing among other factors.
What do I need to homeschool my child?
There are no fixed rules for home schooling. The law is silent on the matter and so are the ministry of education as well as the various boards. Home schooling is therefore a matter of choice, and somewhat informal in that there is no prescribed curriculum, pedagogy, or norms.
Take a look at our 7-Step guide to home schooling
Parents merely take a decision to follow one or the other education board and educate their children themselves – or employ a tutor – using study material from that board. That said, it is important to formalize the process and lay down some ground rules.
Homeschooling is not bound by rules. However, it is advisable to structure the learning process.
What is the curriculum for Home Schooling?
By definition home schooling is a matter of choice. It follows therefore that the curriculum is also a matter of choice. Parents who choose to #homeschool their child usually pick a board they are comfortable with and adopt that curriculum to educate their children. Textbooks and other study material from these boards is utilized to help the child learn.
The pedagogy and curriculum are matters of choice.
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In India, as in other countries, the #coronaviruspandemic has enforced #socialdistancing and elicited many questions about academics from concerned parents.
We have attempted to answer some of these questions – but we understand that you may have more.