9 QUESTIONS PARENTS MUST ASK WHEN ENROLLING THEIR KIDS IN SCHOOL
Kids grow up very fast!! You finish a few sails and they are already going to school. Every parent is worried about their kids for their future and it is quite natural.
Providing a good educational background to your kids is the best thing you can ever do for them. Making them self-sufficient and independent in every possible way. Now comes the tough part, of choosing the right school !!
The quality of education the school provides is very important and that counts for a lot in the long run. Your child would be spending a major portion of the day in the school, learning and gaining knowledge about the world he/she lives in. It is vital that the school and its teachers take their job seriously and focus on imparting quality education to them. Along with the education, it is equally important that the kid develops a liking towards other extracurricular activities. All these aspects should be taken into consideration before enrolling your child in a school.
So here are 10 questions a responsible parent must consider beforehand :
How future ready is the school?
The school is responsible for the future of the kid, but for this:
Is the school itself future oriented?
Many schools commit that they will undertake competitive exams, foreign scholarship exams, or for higher classes they may prepare the kids for exams like IIT-JEE etc. Your kid would possibly be in that school for say 14 years but by the time your kid finishes his primary and secondary education, it is quite possible that the skills would have become redundant.
Is the school upgrading its curriculum on a regular basis?
Here are a couple of questions that should be asked by any parent ;
- Will the teaching change according to upcoming trends; how will you be tracking the progress ? (Teaching and Learning Method)
- Are the children allowed to work in groups or on an individual basis?
(Here in the above situations children learn to work in groups and the advantages of group studying or group problem-solving techniques are understood by them)
- Are they learning in a creative way or the conventional way? Also, the quality of learning, unlearning and relearning is being taught or not?
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How skilled are the teachers?
During the time of admission or enrolling your kid in certain school instead of spending time in the admission section with the authorities better try to have a conversation with the teachers of that particular school. The main advantage of this is that when you speak to authorities regarding the admission process and quality of education offered, they would all be speaking from a selling point of view and their motive is to convert you in the form of an admission.
Having a word with the faculties will give you certain idea of how educated the staff is or what is the basic educational qualification that teachers need in this school or how swiftly do they communicate with you, how experienced are they in the field of teaching and how caring their nature is towards the kids being enrolled in their school.
Does learning happen outside the class?
Achieving academic excellence is not the only purpose of sending your kid to school. There are many other things a child must learn. For example, if sports are mandatory for the students, the students try to exceed their limit of physical strength, they learn true sportsmanship, they understand the value of winning and losing. Such qualities learned from outside the class will help your kid to face real life situations at a later stage. If considering the academics are the students actually allowed to experiment with the academic syllabus?
Children tend to learn and grasp more experimentally than studying the same things in books. Physics, chemistry biology are the experimental subjects to be studied for gaining the complete knowledge about the subject. Are such subjects being creatively taught to students? Project works, assignments are all part of academics and should be given equal importance as that of the syllabus.
All such things should be verified before enrolling your kid.
How safe is the learning place?
Good quality schools tend to charge premium fees, so you need to ensure that your ward is making full use of the amenities and other services being offered. Are the amenities actually being provided or not? As explained above children tend to learn and grasp more if the academics are being taught in a creative way like charts, graphs, presentations or experiments.
Another important thing to be considered is the learning environment and its safety. What kind of security does the school offer ? Have there been any incidents related to safety and security in the past ?
Other questions to be asked include:
- Are the benches in good condition?
- Is the play area safe for children?
- What is the condition of the sports equipments?
- Are all laboratories well equipped and safe?
All such aspects must be considered regarding the safety of your child.
What is the technology being used in schools?
Many schools have conventional teaching methods which are not enough for learning. Many schools these days have variable teaching methods like smart classes or the lab teachings which makes learning creative and positive enough for the kids. Many digital gadgets are being used in schools like videos, images, presentations and laboratory experimentations for imparting adequate knowledge to the kids.
How are the children being assessed?
Exams are not the only way to assess the students. Student’s progress should be assessed in academics as well as co-curricular activities. This would lead to their overall development. Other aspects which are being assessed other than the exam paper should be updated to their parents frequently. Parent’s teacher’s meets should be regular enough so that the parents know what their kid is lacking and what are the fields where he excels. Such interaction sessions always help in nurturing the kid.
Different learning speeds
All children are different in nature, so their learning capacities vary as well. As a parent, you should be able to assess how you child understands things. Some are gifted ones and tend to learn immediately and take no time to show outstanding results, but others may take more time to understand and learn a thing.
Keeping this fact in mind; do the faculty members devote enough time to understand the needs of each and every student in their class ?
Giving time is not the only solution to this problem but assessing that kid personally so that the kid learns the same thing in a fruitful way should be the solution.
- Do the faculties have enough patience to handle the mindset of every kid?
Are the involvements and achievements outside the school encouraged?
Many students who are naturally gifted in sports, drama or at performing arts often end up missing their school, in terms of regular attendance.
- Is the school understanding enough to allow the child’s overall growth and not focus on academics alone ?
What is the value system of school?
Many schools are mainly focused on the basic aspect of academics and nothing else. The education starts and ends in school boundaries itself.
Visits to an orphanage or old age homes which will inculcate the good morals in children should be promoted.
The good values must be inculcated in students in a well-programmed manner periodically so as to make it an integral part of the kids character.
Moral guidance along with education is equally important and must be inculcated in the curriculum of the school.
If and when you would be choosing a school for your child, keep in mind these factors. They would definitely help in developing a sound character for your child.
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