Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. The purpose of education is to satisfy the curious minds, these young and fresh minds need creativity, they long for an innovative approach and they look forward to a fun-filled learning journey. For quality education, the most important decision to be taken is a right school, as parents, you need to be very careful and should research, learn and think well before making this crucial choice of your child’s school for the next 12 to 14 years of his/her life.
The definition of an ideal school varies from parent to parent, for some may be infrastructure is a parameter and for other may be the teaching staff or facilities may be the criteria. The correct decision can only be taken with a clear view point and a holistic approach towards all these factors comprising of much more. Here, we enlist certain points which as a parent you should keep in mind while making your choice of the school for your child.
Board of the School
Presently there are 5 boards of school education in India namely State Boards, CBSE, ICSE, IB and NIOS. Parents should be very careful about this as the board of the school matters in the long run. You need to compare the features of all the boards and then choose the aptest one for your child keeping in mind your child’s future ambition and calibre. The syllabus of the school is drafted as per the board so be careful and make the correct choice for your child.
The early age goals should be clear and definite
In the pre-primary classes, the role of education is not only to teach the child to read and write. This is the most crucial age group in which the school should motivate the kids to enhance and build gross motor skills, languages skills, number recognitions etc. Children are full of creative ideas and innovative thoughts and the school should play a crucial role in understanding their creativity and guiding them in the right direction.
Research well before making the choice
Nowadays social media is the biggest information centre for anything and everything, so do your part of the research. Go to the website and track them on social media. Look for reviews by the fellow parents and staff; this will help you in getting a clear picture. A Little research may help you to loosen down the burden of finding a good school for your child.
Brand of the school is not a trademark for good education
Air conditioned buses; posh canteen etc. should not be the criteria for choosing a school. Of course, safe play spaces, clean toilets; pleasant staff should definitely be looked upon. The legacy of the school is not created by a rich infrastructure but by quality education and a balanced curriculum which makes students future ready.
Your eyes are the best judge
Do visit the school and observe it closely, because the place will give you the vibe and the ambience will help you know how the school is. Interact with management, teachers, and support staff so as to build that trust in you which can relieve you from one of the biggest responsibility of being a good parent.
Don’t just be a blind follower rather explore, and research well to make the most apt choice for your kids. School is their base and it’s here they start their learning process so give them the best and be proud of your choice.