Alternative schooling ? : New way of Education

Alternative schooling ? : New way of Education

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Alternative schooling is the concept which has emerged out of the dissatisfaction of the traditional education system and rising unemployment. ‘Alternative schooling’ is an umbrella term used for schools that typically step away from the conventional methods of teachingIn recent times, there is an increase in both, the quality as well as the number of alternative schools in India. The alternative system of teaching is not entirely new in India; the Vedic and gurukul systems of educations were based on the principle of acquisition of occupational skills, cultural and spiritual enlightenment in an atmosphere that encouraged rational thinking and reasoning among the students. Today the students are caught between learning English as the only language and missing all the traditional attributes. If you want your children to receive just more than textbook education.

Here is a list of alternate schools operational in India:-

1. Sahyadri School- Pune

This is the school many lineage of my family has taken education in. Sahyadri School is located on Tiwai Hill, a plateau 770m above sea level, overlooking the Chas-Kaman Dam in Pune. The school, while not encouraging competition in the form currently accepted by society, endeavors to create an atmosphere where students can excel. Classes are intentionally small to provide close contact between teacher and students. An expectation of courtesy, kindness, and mutual respect helps to create an atmosphere where students can take the initiative required for active learning.

2. Mirambika, Free Progress School – New Delhi

The school follows the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother and is located in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram campus in New Delhi.. Respect for the individual, harmony in diversity and a freedom that asks for an inner discipline are components of the school culture. It also trains educators from all over India.

3. Shibumi School – Bengaluru

Shibumi School is based on J. Krishnamurti’s philosophy. The school offers a learning environment couched in the spirit of freedom and cooperation, in the movement of self-knowing through dialogue and observation. Based in the Somanahalli village in the outskirts of South Bangalore, the school intends to acquire its own campus soon.

4. SECMOL – Ladakh

The Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) was founded by a number of young Ladakhis near the village of Phey in the Indus Valley in 1988 who, after having returned from university, could understand the difficulties faced by the local students with modern education. It aimed to reform the government school system, helping village students in their education, awakening youth to the problems stemming from inappropriate and insensitive schooling, producing related videos and radio programmes, and designing and building solar-heated eco-friendly buildings.. Two of its main approaches is to have child-centered, joyful and meaningful learning instead of “chalk, talk and stick”, and to develop an understanding of the educational problems.

5. Isha Home School – Coimbatore

    Located amidst the serene surroundings of the Velliangiri mountains near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Isha Home School was founded by Sadhguru in 2005. Its philosophy is that education should not be about making the child’s mind capable of razor-sharp perception or of knowing life in its full depth and dimension, but about expanding the horizons of human experience and becoming inclusive. Isha Home School aspires to blend the aspects of ‘home’ and ‘school’ with a dynamic curriculum, free from the pressures of examinations..