“Imagine if schools actually helped kids identify their strengths by exploring their talents from a young age and growing their skills over the 12 years, instead of letting them all follow the same routine and leaving them confused in life after graduation.”
The above quote defines the face of education in India today.
As all things in life evolve to be able to keep up with the times and ever-changing world, so does education. The sole purpose of education is no longer only academic excellence, but the development of life-long learners. The millennial generation of parents like me are constantly looking for ways to equip our children with the ability and skills they will need to thrive in the real world. I believe that it is never too early to help them spread their wings and it starts with baby steps from their primary years onwards.
The goal of modern education systems is to start preparing students from the time they are in pre-school to tackle anything that is thrown at them out in the real world. To do so, cultivating independence in thinking and learning is key. A combination of academic, social and emotional intelligence is the goal for many schools today.
The emergence of International boards in Indian education:
Many International boards of education which have paved the way for success for students globally have now taken over the education landscape in India. The Montessori method, IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education – Cambridge Board) and IB (International Baccalaureate) are some of the most popular methods of education today. These boards are very distinct from the traditional methods used in mainstream schools, with contrasting teaching and learning styles. Parents select schools based on their own experiences, values, beliefs and ambitions for their children. The selection is made based on a combination of the education board, credibility and quality of the school.
What I wanted for my kids: