Reading the headline, More Parents Opting For Homeschooling, in my newsreader I thought I knew what I would find. But when I followed the link:
Does your child hate going to school? Is she stressed out, pressurized and overloaded? Or, are you sick of the conventional schooling system? Simple, don’t send them to school. Try homeschooling — that’s what more and more parents in Bangalore are doing.
India? So, what how does this Indian site say about the ‘why’ and ‘how’ to homeschool?
“My wife and I were not satisfied with the education we got. We don’t trust the present system of schooling. I don’t want to see my child growing up without thinking.”
None of them thrust books on their children. “When my child was in first grade, I used to take him to shops and make him understand addition and subtraction. Later, I used textbooks as worksheets. That’s how I taught him maths,” said a parent, Chetana Keni. Children are encouraged to figure out things by themselves and find pleasure in learning new things.
Encouraged by the portrayal of homeschooling from The Times of India I went looking for another non-homeschooling site’s take and sandwiched between, “Get Rid Of Belly Fat Three Crucial Areas” and “Understanding Your Style of Ladies Leather Handbags” I found, Is Homeschooling For My Family?:
“First you need to evaluate your knowledge base and your teaching skills. Will you be able to teach your children everything they would learn in any other school?”
I can recommend reading The Times of India piece. The other? Read the The Times of India piece.