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- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


Alternative Approaches to Children Education

By Andrew Loh

As you seek admission in school for your pretty child, you will also need to make your child ready to go to school, pick up an application form and fill it up, collect information about the school and later accompany your child to the school almost everyday. These are the mandatory steps that parents are required to follow in order to give that elusive and perfect education for their children. But, what does “elusive” mean? How child education can be so elusive? Is it possible to have both scholastic skills and happy childhood together, so that you can have an intelligent and happy child? All children are different! All of them grow, develop and learn at varied rates and levels. Some of them may scholastically brilliant and proficient, while a number of others could be dull or just average in their classroom studies. In fact, many of our children may find it very difficult and cumbersome to adapt and gel with a rigorous and tough school environment.

As said before, not all children are created equal. At least some children may simply fail to adjust or cope with the rigors of classroom education. It may not be simply wise to declare that such children are dull and poor in their studies. In essence, several reasons and causes may adversely affect a child to perform very poorly in the classroom. For these students, mainstream schooling or traditional school system may not be the sole answer. Parents may need to think out of the box to find some ways and means through which they can make them children learn and understand their lessons.

Nowadays, parents are increasingly looking forward for alternative approaches to the traditional classrooms to help and assist their children by providing the best possible education in their life. Children, who find the traditional type of education delivered through conventional classrooms very difficult, need immediate help and assistance both from their parents and teachers. Child education academicians and experts are suggesting parents to look for alternative approaches to conventional education, so that they empower their children to succeed in their life.

What is an alterative approach to education?

Alternative education (also referred to as non-traditional or unconventional education) may include a number of different approaches to learning and those streams of learning other than conventional education. This type of education is specially designed and provided to meet the immediate needs of children, who find the ambience of traditional type of education very cumbersome and difficult.

Alternative approaches to education may include, but not limited to:

Alternative classrooms: Creating a separate classroom to cater to those children, who often find learning in a traditional classroom very difficult.

Classroom within a classroom: Teaching and mentoring children, who find learning in a conventional type of classroom very difficult, in a special classroom created within an existing classroom. This method may seek to identify those children, who are lagging behind in their classroom, pool them in one group and later provide lessons and tuitions in a highly focused and specific ambience.

Home schools: Some parents may decide to provide basic education to their children within the cozy ambience of home; in this context, home means an area, where the environment of study is not similar to that of a traditional classroom.

Tip: An alternative approach to children education is a concept that relies heavily on providing basic education to children in an informal and non-traditional setting.

All parents must take the responsibility for their basic and primary education. Parents may also need to find out all the choices and options that are out there and later choose the one that best fits their children’s needs and requirements. Parents should never wait for the system to change and transform, instead seek immediate solutions for the pending problems. Primary education will be a hot and dicey topic for most of us and it will remain so for many more years. Most of the schools around the world are confronted with average classrooms cores, incompatibility between the child and the school system and a host other problems.

There are so many options and choices in front of parents but home schooling, private schooling and public schooling are three of the most popular and sensible options in front of parents. Today’s schools may not be appropriate for children; some children may never gel with a traditional classroom, due to a number of reasons other than academic and scholastic. Parents must detect, identify and understand why their children are lagging behind in their classroom and later find solutions and options that will help children to study in a compatible and hospitable non-traditional environment. 


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